Tag: Legislature

What Does Democrat Controlled Legislature Mean for Education in Minnesota?

Ada, MN — For the first time in nearly a decade, one of the only divided state legislatures in the country will no longer be divided. Following this year’s election, the Democrats took control of both the House and Senate in Minnesota and Democrat Tim Walz remains the Governor as well. So what does that…
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November 21, 2022 0

Marquart Recaps Career in the Legislature

Dilworth, MN — As the likelihood for a special session dwindles, it becomes more likely that District 4B Representative Paul Marquart may have spent his last days in the House Chamber. Representative Marquart announced in the beginning of the year that he would retire from the legislature after 22 years of service in the House.…
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June 10, 2022 0

Representative Marquart Recaps End to MN Legislative Session

St. Paul, MN — District 4B Representative Paul Marquart joined the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program for the final time to recap this year’s Minnesota Legislative session. The session ended without some of the most important issues addressed, including a tax bill or many of the spending bills. Representative Marquart notes that they were able to pass…
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May 31, 2022 0

MN Legislative Leaders Agree on How to Spend Budget Surplus

St. Paul, MN — Legislative leaders and Gov. Walz on Monday announced a broad bipartisan budget framework for the end of the legislative session including $4 billion to invest in education, public safety, and health care, and $4 billion for a tax bill to provide financial relief for Minnesotans. The plan includes $1 billion for…
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May 17, 2022 0

MN House & Senate Reach Agreement on UI and Frontline Worker Bonuses

St. Paul, MN — An agreement between leaders in the House and Senate to fully replenish the unemployment insurance trust fund at $2.7 billion and provide bonuses to workers whose job put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 was formally approved by a conference committee late Thursday.  The House and the Senate approved the…
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May 2, 2022 0

Representative Marquarts Comments on State of the State & State of District 4

Dilworth, MN — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gave his annual State of the State Address on Sunday night. The address was given in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2019. The previous two messages were given virtually from the Governor’s home. District 4B Representative Paul Marquart shared his thoughts on the State…
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April 25, 2022 0

Representative Marquart Previews House Proposal for Potential Property Tax Cuts

St. Paul, MN — With a more a than $9 billion budget surplus, property tax relief is a point of emphasis during this year’s Minnesota legislative session, and a bill passed in the House Property Tax Division aims to do just that. Among the provisions in the bill are significant changes in the renter’s tax…
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April 4, 2022 0

House Passes Department of Human Services Waiver Extension

St. Paul, MN — The Department of Human Services could continue some COVID-19-related program modifications and waivers, under a bill passed Thursday by the House. Many of the provisions were allowed by executive order during the peacetime emergency. On an 87-46 vote, the House passed HF2914/SF2876* to continue programs that offered flexibility for child care centers,…
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March 21, 2022 0

Lets Talk about it (Call In)

Duane Etienne and Timm Ringhofer opened up the phone lines this morning for “Lets Talk about it” to let the listeners voice their opinions and concerns or ideas for the proposed Kerry Park Arena Project that Mayor Droba is going to be speaking with legislature representatives about.

March 8, 2022 0

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill to Have Hearing in Committee

Saint Paul, Minn. —On Monday, March 7, Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids), Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), and members of the Minnesota House of Representatives announced new bipartisan sports betting legislation (House File 778). The bill’s first hearing takes place on Tuesday, March 8 at 3pm in the House Commerce Committee. The new bipartisan proposal seeks to…
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March 8, 2022 0