DFL Dispatch: Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin

House Republican Caucus Floor Packet cover with a bucket of water splashing over Governor Mark Dayton

“Today the House Republican Caucus used taxpayer funds to distribute packets to legislators attacking Gov. Mark Dayton.

“It is appalling that the Republicans think it is OK to disrespect a sitting Governor in the manner they did using taxpayer dollars. While Republicans seem gleeful that they have thrown cold water on Gov. Dayton and DFL attempts to move this state forward, the reality is Minnesotans expect more from their elected officials during this special session than juvenile behavior like this exhibited by House Republicans.

“Over the last three weeks, Gov. Dayton fought for a better Minnesota – and he has succeeded. By standing up to House Republicans, and fighting for a better outcome to this legislative session, the Governor has secured significant increases in education funding and better environmental and consumer protections. It is the House Republicans who threw cold water on this session attempting to thwart any real progress on issues of concern to Minnesotans like transportation, education, health care, and the environment.

“I call on Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt to issue an apology to Gov. Dayton and focus on the legislative work at hand.”

June 12, 2015 DFL Dispatch

MN Rep. Ben Lien schedules meetings

Mark your calendars!

MN District 4A Representative Ben Lien has ONE meeting left before he returns to work at the Minnesota Legislature later this month:

Feb. 13, Reinertson School, 7 p.m.

Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) will join Rep. Lien as his schedule allows.

Please attend and thank Rep Lien for cosponsoring the $100 million bonding request for housing/homeless programs!

MN House names Marquart chairman of Education Finance

From the Fargo Forum Capital Chatter blog:

“The Minnesota House released a list of committee chairmen Friday dominated by Minneapolis and St. Paul lawmakers.

“House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, announced that urban representatives will lead 13 of the 28 committees. Suburban Twin Cities legislators will be in charge of seven, with those elsewhere in the state leading eight.”

MN Representative Paul Marquart of Dilworth landed the chairman position of Education Finance Committee. The chairs serve on the committees for a two year term.

According to the House Committee Membership by Committee 2013-2014 web site, Paul was also assigned to the following committees:

  • Education Policy
  • Property and Local Tax Division
  • Taxes
  • Ways and Means

Congratulations, Paul!