Saturday, April 6, 2013
Thompson: "Early data show pull tab revenue for FY 2013 at $1.8 million, 95 percent less than the forecast $35 million."
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see this week's legislative update for a review on the problems with E-pull tabs, an update on Budget & Taxes, as well as a summary of work done in the Transportation Committee. Sincerely, Dave
Monday, April 1, 2013
Each week, Patch takes a closer look at the activities of Dakota and Rice Counties' legislators as part of our Capitol Review.
District 20B Rep. David Bly (DFL) wants to appropriate roughly $1.6 million in 2014 and $1.6 million in 2015 from the state's general fund to fund programs supporting the victims of sexual violence. But the proposal Bly is backing doesn't stop there. Under the proposed bill, $640,000 would be spent in 2014 and again in 2015 to establish and expand services to all Minnesota counties and Native American reservations. In other political news around the county: District 58 Sen. Dave Thompson (R) wants to increase the penalties for those convicted of killing or assaulting a prosecuting attorney in Minnesota. State law currently dictates that anyone who kills a peace officer or correctional facility guard be charged with felony first-degree …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) spoke at a convention for fourth district Republicans.
Northfield State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) upbraided Democrats, specifically for their work on health care legislation, during a GOP convention for fourth district Republicans held Saturday in Vadnais Heights. "We are working tirelessly at the capitol to do our best to take on a DFL legislature and governor that right now are absolutely out of control," Thompson said in his speech. "Your legislators are doing the very best that we can to stop and slow down the bad things that are happening up there and at least point out to the public what's going on"
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Also in this week's wrap: Talking about all-day, everyday kindergarten; two autistic men at center of sign ordinance debate; and those pesky potholes are back.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Northfield Pothole Repairs Cost Northfield About $10,000 a Year The city of Northfield has spent more than $31,000 on potholes in the last three years. Aescendant Accessories Moving to New Location with Extended Hours The boutique will be opening up a new location on Division Street, which will be open at least five days a week. Lakeville Lakeville Sen. Dave Thompson Mulling Run for Governor Thompson says he's "seriously considering" a run to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. Lakeville PI to Sue State for Taking Illegal Peeks at Her Driving Records The Lakeville sleuth's driving …
Thompson: "We all want to provide enough tax revenue for government to effectively perform its core functions, but growing government irresponsibly is not that way to attain that goal."
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Today concluded the 2nd deadline for bills. Throughout this week many bills passed through their required committees. This update highlights issues from the Judiciary Committee, Transportation Committee, Health & Human Services, as well as Environment. This coming week the Senate is on break for the Easter & Passover Holidays. Sincerely, Dave
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thompson says he's "seriously considering" a run to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.
Northfield State Senator Dave Thompson hasn't been shy about taking on leadership roles since he was first elected to state politics in 2010. And now the popular Republican is muling a run for governor. “I am giving it consideration,” Thompson, from Lakeville, told Sun Thisweek in a story published March 19. He told the newspaper that he will make a final decision over the next few weeks about whether or not to mount a campaign for the state's top office. Currently the Senate minority leader, Thompson said he's been encouraged by many constituents and business leaders to run in 2014 to challenge DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Sun Thisweek reports. The report quoted Thompson saying: “I have talked to my family about it. I am serious, but I’m not …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Education Policy Committee passed S.F. 783, an anti-bullying bill earlier this week.
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see this week's legislative update. In this update, I discuss the recent passage of the Healthcare Exchange Bill in the Senate, the push for day-care unionization, and the Anti-Bullying Bill heard in Education this week. Also, there is a personal note regarding my position on judicial retention elections. Sincerely, Dave
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The February budget forecast showed that Minnesota is in better fiscal shape than it was at the time of the November 2012 forecast. Two years ago at this time we faced a $5.1 billion deficit, currently we face a projected $627 million deficit.
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see the this week's legislative update. I touch on the topics of Budget Forecast, Taxes, Health and Human Services, and also the Board of Regents. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Dave
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here's a look at what our legislators have bene up to the past week.
Editor's Note: Capitol Review is a weekly look at what your state legislators are doing at the Minnesota Capitol—how they're voting, the bills they're writing and the issues they're getting behind. Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) of Northfield Bly is Vice Chair of the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Education Policy; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance; and Judiciary Finance and Policy committees. Follow him on Twitter @dbly. Tweet of the week: Raising the Minimum Wage is a Step Toward Economic Freedom | Next New Deal http://fb.me/wodTTNQ1 Sen. Kevin Dahle (D-District 20) of Northfield Dahle serves as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Finance…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58), who represents the Dakota County precinct of Northfield, gives a legislative update.
Saturday, February 23
Dear Neighbors, First, I wanted to thank all the constituents that came and visited during In-District Office Hours. I always appreciate hearing the concerns and thoughts that you have. Attached is the Legislative Update for this week. Issues raised this week range from gun control to taxes to the teacher basic skills test. Please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Dave