Senator Kevin Dahle GUEST Column 5/4/16

Kevin DahleBy: Minnesota State Senator Kevin Dahle

Senate Supplemental Budget Invests in Minnesota’s Future

Last week, the $489 million Senate supplemental budget bill passed off the Senate floor after a thorough review process in committees. The Senate budget makes smart investments to the state’s two-year budget passed last year, with much of the new spending designated as “one-time” to protect the state from future economic downturns. The Senate has focused not on just one or two parts of the state budget, but has assembled a well-rounded budget that makes targeted investments into our entire state. (more…)

Today’s news update – ECRT (trail) gets the green light; A first filled with recognitions, Council work session and meeting; Fossum comments on drug sentencing reform

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ECRT (trail) gets the green light

The E. Cannon River trail was green-lighted by Northfield Council last night.  The controversial trail has been on and off Council agendas a number of times but, last night the Council worked through 4 items related to it including a cooperative agreement with Dundas.  Northfield will “loan” Dundas the money for their share of the 2.6 mile trail.  1.8 miles will be new paved asphalt and .8 will run along Dundas city streets.  The lowest bidder for the asphalt surface was Crane Creek of Faribault for $619,579.62.  Votes were 6 to 1 and 5 to 2 in favor with Councilors Ludescher and DeLong voting no on different points.  Ludescher maintained that the City is acting illegally by “loaning” money to Dundas and the preemptive cutting down of trees in the wetland area before threatened bats could nest. (more…)