The Mental Health Legislative Network, a coalition of over 20 statewide organizations, will hold a Mental Health Rally March 12, at noon in the Capitol rotunda. Scheduled speakers include legislators, families and persons living with a mental illness, service providers and mental health advocates. The event, co-chaired by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) [...]
On Monday mornings, at a coffee shop in Mounds View, Tim Budig, Howard Lestrud and I meet to discuss their plans for the week ahead. Tim and Howard represent the commitment of ECM Publishers to provide more than strictly local news in our 51 newspapers. When I started reading ECM’s Thisweek Newspaper after moving to [...]
by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter – Their words have broken through like those of few Minnesota politicians, and if being rendered into an action figure suggests a pinnacle, then former Gov. Jesse Ventura and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann stand on the summit. Indeed, the similarities between Bachmann and Ventura are ones not only of style [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter House Republicans on Thursday, Aug. 18 called on Minnesotans to offer government reform ideas and professed to a few of their own. “We began the work last session,” said House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, of reforming government. “I think there’s a public appetite and demand for change now,” [...]
Two Greater Minnesota lawmakers have released their Vikings stadium legislation.
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Minnesota Senate on Feb. 2 voted to lift the ban on nuclear power plant construction in Minnesota — it has now done so under both Republican and Democratic control. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, saw her legislation lifting the ban pass the Senate on a 50-14 vote. [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Area lawmakers hope to change the Green Acres property tax program, a program that reportedly has some farmers clear cutting trees in order to fit parcels into certain program categories. The House agriculture committee today (Tuesday, Feb. 1) took testimony about Green Acres, hearing from a number of area [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Rep. Sondra Erickson did not return to the State Capitol with idea of becoming a pivotal player in education reform. “I have the weight of the world on my shoulders as chair of the (House) reform committee,” said Erickson, Republican from Princeton, with a smile recently. A retired teacher, [...]