House Speaker Kurt Zellers today sent a letter to Governor Dayton urging the Executive Council to approve nonferrous mineral leases recommended by the DNR.
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Speaker Zellers today commented on Governor Dayton's bonding proposal:
Governor Dayton is following in the footsteps of Democrats in Washington by proposing stimulus packages under the banner of job creation and economic development. In these economic times, a $775 million bonding bill that puts local spending projects on par with core infrastructure is unwise and ill-advised.
The Minnesota Legislature approved a near $500 million bonding bill in 2011 that made substantial investments in the state's core infrastructure such as roads, bridges and existing building maintenance. Fixing our deteriorating roads that people drive every day should be a priority over sending millions of dollars to staff up for nonexistent light rail lines, or to pay for sculpture gardens and perennial greening, or other local pet projects.
Republicans remain concerned with the rising financial commitment of debt service. If we have learned anything from the mortgage crisis and subsequent high rate of foreclosures, buying more because rates and costs are low isn't financially prudent or sustainable.
Zellers statement on the resignation of Senator Koch
Senator Koch made history this year, and it was truly an honor and a privilege to work with her during her time as Majority Leader. Her contributions to our state and its future made Minnesota better. Amy is a dear friend and I will truly miss working with her on a daily basis. She's a role model and a natural leader. I wish nothing but the best to Amy and her family.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch today sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton requesting the presence and participation of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy at legislative hearings to investigate the commissioner's decision to grant parole to an inmate convicted of murdering Oakdale police officer Richard Walton in 1982.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Majority Leader Matt Dean today sent Governor Mark Dayton a letter opposing potential executive action to unionize daycare providers in Minnesota.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday:
The unions are asking Dayton to issue an executive order that could unilaterally recognize the unions as the legal representatives of more than 11,000 licensed family child care workers across the state.
Dayton spokeswoman Katie Tinucci said the governor is studying the issue and has not yet made a decision.
In their letter, Zellers and Dean said:
You lack the authority since an executive order purporting to unionize these small businesses would inherently entail lawmaking. Under Article III of our state's constitution, lawmaking is a function solely entrusted to the Legislature. And while the Legislature can relinquesh a limited delegation of this lawmaking authority to you, no such delegation has occured.
WCCO's Pat Kessler is reporting:
Gov Dayton says he's 'leaning toward' exec order asking MN Bureau of Mediation Svcs to run election unionizing child care centers.