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  • Giving Small Businesses Tools to Grow

    “When our small businesses thrive so do our local economies. The success of small business owners is a key to ensuring that our economy works for everyone and not just the well-connected few" Hibbing Daily Tribune DFL legislators have rolled out a multi-item plan aimed at helping small businesses. The “Next Generation Main Street Act” proposal seeks to help small business owners with initiatives ranging from simplifying tax filings to making it easier for generational succession planning to redu...  Read More...

  • Find A Better Way to Govern

    March 6, 2016  Duluth News Tribune Minnesotans won’t soon forget how last year’s session came to an end. The chaos in the Capitol. Lawmakers shouting, demanding to be recognized, to testify.   Read More...

  • Willmar College Students Discuss the Burdern of College Costs

    Students at Ridgewater College sometimes work two or three jobs to pay for school. Some go to school part-time to spread out the cost. Some do all of that.   Read More...

  • People Should Vote on Eliminating Dark Money

     West Central Tribune The Feb. 10 guest editorial published in the West Central Tribune about “dark money” in politics was right, in part. We agree that “Minnesotans deserve to know as much as possible about who is spending how much to influen However, the guest editorial misses the mark in opposing a constitutional amendment to achieve this common sense goal supported by most Minnesotans.   Read More...

  • Students, state representatives discuss college affordability

    MANKATO — Most of the Minnesota State University seniors who visited with two state lawmakers Wednesday said they planned to move back home when they graduate. The decision to return to their childhood homes is financially motivated, they said. Avoiding rent for awhile will help them start to pay off their student loans.   Read More...

  • Next Generation Main Street Act

    Rep. Thissen and several DFL House colleagues introduced the Next Generation Main Street Act, an array of proposals designed to support small businesses across the state. Thissen and Rosenthal worked with Minnesota small business owners to bring forward initiatives that will reduce costly audits, simplify tax filing for businesses, and make it easier for owners to transfer their businesses to a next generation owner.   Read More...

  • Rep. Thissen and House DFL Fight Against Dark Money in Politics

      Since the United State Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, Minnesotans have been inundated by untold sums of outside spending in campaigns – spending that is clearly intended to influence their vote but that is not disclosed. This flood of special-interest "dark money" drowns out the voice of ordinary citizens. It makes people less likely to vote and it distorts our public policy.   Read More...

  • Minnesota Budget Surplus Must Help Ordinary Minnesotans

    Our state budget surplus of $1.87 billion for fiscal years 2016-17. After $665 million is put into state reserve accounts, as required by law,that number shrinks to $1.2 billion.  While this is good news, too many ordinary Minnesotans continue to be left behind in an economy that favors insiders and the wealthy few.   Read More...

  • GOP leaves communities disconnected by underfunding broadband

    BY PAUL THISSEN GRAND FORKS HERALD OCTOBER 7, 2015 At a recent forum about the lack of high-speed Internet access in greater Minnesota, a woman from Aitkin, Minn., told us, "this isn't just a need—it's a necessity." I agree. The availability of high-speed Internet has become a critical issue of economic vitality and quality of life for all Minnesotans. Unfortunately, House Republicans ignored this critical priority for greater Minnesota and halted our momentum to ensure all Minnesotans have acce...  Read More...

  • Celebration of a Clean Energy Future

    On September 1, a great group of Minnesotans gathered at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis to celebrate the Clean Power Plan and to build momentum for the work ahead to build a clean energy economy for our state and country.  The Clean Power Plan is probably the most significant step ever taken by any country to reduce greenhouse gases that drive climate change. I had the privilege of joining Congressman Keith Ellison, Senator Al Franken and many other strong leaders to talk about next...  Read More...

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