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    Former Minnesota DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen to run for governor

    Former Minnesota DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen to run for governorThe DFL field in the race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton continues to grow. By J. Patrick Coolican Star Tribune JUNE 14, 2017 — 11:18PMRep.   Read More...

  • Consumers Should Have the Right to Oppose Selling or Sharing of Web Browsing Data

    Rep.Paul Thissen successfully added a provision today to require internet service providers (ISPs) who use equipment subject to a franchise agreement, right of way agreement or other contract with the State of Minnesota or local unit of government to obtain a consumer's explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies. In the last week, the United States Congress voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would h...  Read More...

  • Why I'm Opening My Official Emails Up for Public Review

    by Rachel Stassen-Berger, Pioneer PressUnlike the law on Minnesota local and state government officials, state law does not require legislators to release their email messages or correspondence to the public.But one lawmaker, at the Pioneer Press’ request, will be releasing his email messages to the newspaper.“If I’m going be out pushing this, I might as well put my money where my mouth is, and I also think it’s going to be an interesting learning experience for the ...  Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen Seeks Report on Impact of Fossil Fuel Investments on State Retirement Funds

    Rep. Paul Thissen is pushing the State of MN to study the stability and security of investments in companies that are involved in the exploration, production, development, transportation or sale of fossil fuels. "Climate change risks affect all industries. We should take a look at the impact these unstable investments could have on our state funds including pension funds.   Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen Introduces MN Research and Development Authority

    Rep. Paul Thissen introduced legislation today (HF2134) to create a Minnesota Research and Development Authority and fund it with a $500 million investment by the State of Minnesota."There is no reason Minnesota should not be a center of innovation and investment on par with the very best in the world. But to get there we need a big vision that put the state on the map and a robust private-public partnership to put exciting ideas into the marketplace," said Rep.   Read More...

  • Pioneer Press Praises Rep. Thissen's Legislative Sunlight Bill

    Sure, a new open-data, open-meeting bill makes a political point. But it’s a good one.Minnesotans deserve a reminder that the Legislature exempted itself from provisions of the state’s Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law.The Legislature “makes every local government and the executive branch follow these rules,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Paul Thissen, a Democrat from Minneapolis, told us, “but the Legislature exempts itself.   Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen Tackles Disproportionate Labeling of African American and Native American Students as Having Emotional and Behavioral Disor

    Rep. Paul Thissen is moving legislation to require school districts to adopt culturally competent policies and provide cultural competency training for dismissal, special education referrals, reading intervention and other intervention services."The numbers don’t lie: far more African American and Native students are being placed in special education and labeled with emotional and behavioral disorders than other students.  And in too many cases that label condemns those students ...  Read More...

  • Rep.Paul Thissen Pushes for Legislative Transparency and Accountabilty

    Rep. Paul Thissen has introduced a package of bills to make the Minnesota Legislature more transparent, accessible and open to the public.  House File 1065, introduced today, makes the legislature subject to the Minnesota Data Practices Act and our state’s open meeting laws.   Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen Plan on Health Care Gets National Attention

    From The Hill:Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are proposing a plan to help people deal with sharp insurance premium increases in the state under ObamaCare. The plan would provide financial assistance to people whose incomes are currently too high to be eligible for the healthcare reform law's existing financial help. The plan comes two days after Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, said that “the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordab...  Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen Takes A Small Business Tour of Southeastern Minnesota

    "The most exciting thing to me is to see so many young people take the entrepreneurial leap in an effort to revitalize the towns they grew up in or have adopted as their homes.  They see their business as a way to both make a profit and to build a community.  That's the spirit that will allow all parts of our state to continue to thrive."The Wire Rooster Café in CaledoniaThat was Paul's reaction after touring a number of small businesses from La Crescent to P...  Read More...

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