Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 26, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

In spite of a $1.65 billion surplus, the 2017 Minnesota legislature went into overtime. Governor Dayton called legislators into Special Session on Tuesday after reaching an agreement on the framework to complete the state budget. Unfortunately, the Republican majority took several days to cross the finish line.

When the regular legislative session ended at midnight Monday, 70% of the major budget bills were unresolved including education, health and human services, and state government finance. A proposed package of tax legislation also stalled, as did a bonding bill to address infrastructure needs statewide. Read More

Rep. Mike V. Nelson Update: May 17, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

We are less than a week away from the legislative session adjournment deadline of May 22nd. While legislative leaders and Governor Dayton are engaged in budget talks it is hard to get everyone on the same page.

A week ago Republican legislative leaders decided to abandon budget negotiations with Governor Dayton and send him budget bills which are filled with provisions that give advantages to corporations and the very wealthy. They are forcing Minnesotans to endure deeps cuts at a time of surpluses in Minnesota. Thankfully, the Governor said he would veto the budget bills if they were included. True to his word the Governor finished vetoing all of the budget bills after legislative leaders wasted a week. Read More

Rep. Mike V. Nelson Update: May 9, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update
Dear Neighbors,

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to thank and show gratitude to our educators who help shape our children’s lives and futures. Our teachers are endless advocates for our children; they need the best tools possible in the classroom to help our kids succeed.  This Capitol update focuses on the Republican Legislature’s final education budget proposals.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Getting our children off to the best possible start in life is an investment in our future and an opportunity every family deserves. Providing adequate funding for school districts to offer voluntary pre-kindergarten to Minnesota four-year-olds ought to be a priority. Unfortunately, the House Republican proposal denies young learners access to quality pre-k in communities across our state by eliminating the successful voluntary pre-k program. Read More

Rep. Mike V. Nelson Update: May 5, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbors,

As we approach the session deadline of May 22, several budget bills remain unresolved. Despite a $1.65 billion budget surplus, Republican majorities in the House and Senate are making the wrong choices.

Governor Dayton has been actively engaged with Republicans, specifying parameters for his budget preferences and detailing items that are not acceptable. In a letter sent to the press on Tuesday, all correspondence between the governor’s staff and legislators was listed. House Democrats are working toward a compromise budget in the next two weeks, but we will not stand for policies that move the state backward and hurt Minnesotans. Read More

Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: April 28, 2017

 

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

There are just over three weeks left in the legislative session with Conference Committees continuing to meet. They are hashing out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget bills. I’m serving on the Conference Committee for the Public Safety/Judiciary bill and there are some substantial differences between each version.

Today, leadership in the Republican leadership in House and Senate released their joint budget targets. These will dictate how much each budget area has available to invest or to cut. Unfortunately these numbers represent the wrong priorities for working families in Minnesota. Tax cuts for the wealthiest are again put ahead of the things that matter most, such as increased investments in our schools. I hope that in these final weeks we compromise to pass a state budget which increases opportunities for all Minnesotans. Read More

Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: April 21, 2017

 

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The Legislative break has concluded and we returned to St. Paul on Tuesday to begin wrapping up the 2017 legislative session. Here is an update:

One month to go

We have a full agenda ahead as we complete the budget process before the constitutional adjournment deadline of May 22. Most finance bills have been passed and either are in conference committee or will be shortly. House and Senate conferees were appointed by the Speaker of the House to compare the different versions of each finance bill. Governor Dayton will also be very involved in the process as we seek to reach agreement on the final budget. Read More

Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: April 7, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update
Dear Neighbors,

It was great to see so many of you at the Town Hall Meeting on Saturday. Sen. Eaton, Rep. Nelson and I were all impressed with the great questions, and we all appreciate the valuable input we received from the community.

 

Public Safety Bill

We continue to put together the state budget by considering the various finance bills put forth by the House Majority. Last week, we passed the bills covering Taxes, E-12 Education, Transportation, and the Environment. Monday of this week, we considered the House Omnibus Public Safety Bill. Non-partisan “Session Daily” summarized the discussion of this bill. Read More

Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 31, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Tuesday, I met with the brothers and sisters of AFSCME and on Wednesday, I got to meet with those from the Teamsters Local 320. Yesterday, I was visited by members of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders from Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park to hear their priorities.

Photos follow, so click “Read More”. Read More

Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 30, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Neighbors and Friends, 

I am co-hosting a town hall with Rep. Debra Hilstrom and Senator Chris Eaton on Saturday morning, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklyn Center Community Center in the Cohen Room. These are great events for me to hear directly from you about your concerns and I hope you can attend. Your input is valuable to me. Here are the full details.

WHAT: Legislative Town Hall Meeting

WHO: State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, Rep. Michael Nelson, Sen. Chris Eaton, interested members of the community  Read More

Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 24, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The Star Tribune published a commentary I authored with Sen. Chris Eaton, Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Dave Baker on the bipartisan efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Our bills, referred to as the Opioid Reform Act, will specifically address the over prescription of pain medication in Minnesota.

Attorney General Lori Swanson and Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo have done tremendous work to provide resources to schools, health care professionals, and others in our local communities to combat this problem. They have started a program called “Dose of Reality,” and I encourage you to visit their website. Read More