Rep. Paul Rosenthal (HD49B) Update: December 6, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well. Here is an update from the State Capitol.

Budget Forecast

This week, Minnesota Management and Budget announced the November budget forecast, projecting a deficit of $188 million ($302 million when the full budget is passed). What’s worse – the deficit is set to grow over the next few years to $586 million.

At the beginning of the 2017 session, Minnesota had a $1.6 billion budget surplus. In less than a year, the House and Senate majority budget plan turned that surplus into a deficit due in part to unwise tax cuts for corporations like big tobacco. This is unacceptable. Read More

Sen. Melisa Franzen Update: November 22, 2017

An interim update from your Senator

Dear constituents and friends,

We officially finished the 2017 Legislative Session in May, but my work representing you at the Capitol continues year-round. We started off the summer meeting with constituents and businesses around the district. I visited with the Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina Chambers of Commerce, as well as meeting with advocacy groups within the district, such as Conservation Minnesota and the Morningside Rotary Club, and local businesses like InstyMeds. Meeting with education community leaders and the students themselves has been energizing to plan future progress in education policy. As the summer wrapped up, we headed in to the busy fall season with a successful town hall that brought together constituents and legislators alike to discuss issues important to the community. Read More

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (HD49B) Update: November 8, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

On November 11, we observe the sacrifices made by members of our military with the commemoration of Veterans Day.

As we thank the men and women who have served, it’s important to recognize the challenges that many veterans face upon returning home. Whether regarding housing, employment, or health care, there are often roadblocks in the way of returning to normalcy. There are resources available for them from several different organizations:

Minnesota National Guard – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Minnesota Assistance Council For Veterans

Homeless Veteran Prevention and Assistance

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Read More

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (HD49B) Update: October 20, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security just granted Minnesota an extension until October 10, 2018 as it rolls out REAL ID.  Minnesotans will not have a problem using their current driver’s licenses/state IDs to board commercial airplanes or enter federal facilities while REAL ID is being implemented.

As you may know, the federal REAL ID Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The Act’s purpose is to confirm the identities of people accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.  Read More

Rep. Paul Rosenthal Update: September 6, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update 

Dear Neighbors,

The Great Minnesota Get-Together has concluded and a record number of people visited St. Paul to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of our annual celebration. This year I worked four shifts at the House of Representatives booth and enjoyed visiting with constituents from our community and meeting people from around the state.

Annually, fairgoers are invited to take the House of Representatives poll – directly weighing in on issues facing the legislature. Yesterday, results were released.

It was clear to me that visitors to the booth are engaged and interested in what we do and how to make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family. I share that goal and thank each of you for stopping to say hello and take the poll.

Sincerely,

Paul

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (HD49B) Update: August 29, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Each year, State Fair visitors are invited to weigh in on political topics and meet with legislators at the House of Representatives’ booth in the Education Building. I will be meeting and greeting fairgoers a couple times over the Labor Day weekend.

The annual House opinion poll draws the attention of around 10,000 participants and will, once again, be available. Fairgoers can let their opinions be known on a number of issues. Click HERE to see a list of the 2017 version of the opinion poll.

Poll results should be available on the House website on Sept. 5, the day after the fair closes. Read More

Rep. Paul Rosenthal Update: August 8, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. The grand opening celebration of the newly renovated State Capitol is taking place this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Three days of events, entertainment and activities are planned to commemorate the 30 year planning and 4 year restoration of the “People’s House.” I have included a schedule below that outlines the events, some of which include a fireworks show and a free concert put on by 89.3 the Current. You can also click HERE.

I hope you and your family are able to check out the festivities this weekend to celebrate this architectural wonder in our capital city.

Sincerely,

Paul Read More

Rep. Paul Rosenthal Update: May 20, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

I wanted to take a moment to give a brief update from the Capitol. Only two days remain in the 2017 legislative session and a budget solution seems elusive. Republican legislative leaders decided to move forward with their own budget bills, abandoning compromise with the Governor after he made a half way offer to the Legislature.  The Legislative Majority and Governor continue their work through the weekend; I hope an honest and fair budget can be accomplished for the good of our state and all Minnesotans.  I’ve been working with my colleagues who serve on conference committees to share my concerns about the budget.  Compromise is key and I’ll continue to advocate for it at the Capitol. Read More

Sen. Steve Cwodzinski Update: May 19, 2017

Week of May 14 – 20th

Insistence on Policy in Budget Threatens a Shutdown

Governor Dayton vetoed five budget bills this past week, again due to issues of policy being included in them. Later in the week, he offered new budgets targets to GOP leaders that were halfway between their original starting points. Then, late Friday, GOP leaders announced that they too would agree to halfway point budget targets, which I am thankful to hear.

 

However, I am incredibly disheartened by the fact that that they also announced a refusal to remove policy from their budget bills. With the legislative session nearing its end, the time has come to find what we agree on and get those things done. If one party does not like a policy provision, we should come back next year and find a compromise. The hour is getting late, and this last minute deal-making is how unintended consequences find their way into state law. Read More