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  • Broadband Isn't Just Nice; It's Essential

    From Morris Sun Tribune by Dave Horning I want to thank State Representatives Paul Thissen and Paul Marquart for visiting Morris to discuss our region’s lack of access to broadband internet. Since 2013, after being connected to members of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, I’ve been working with other small business owners and rural Minnesota residents to increase awareness of the needs of rural communities, especially increased access to the internet for schools, homes and business. We’re a pre...  Read More...

  • Minnesota knows how to clean up its energy

    BY KEITH ELLISON AND PAUL THISSEN AUGUST 4, 2015 STAR TRIBUNE Dr. Amy Bonifas has seen the impacts of air pollution on children. As a Brooklyn Center physician, she does all she can to protect her patients from asthma and other respiratory diseases, but she says doctors can’t do it alone.   Read More...

  • Business Succeeds When Employees Succeed - and Minnesota Wins

    Over the past two days, I traveled from Little Falls to Duluth to connect with Minnesotans about the challenges of our new economy.  And as usual meeting with Minnesotans made me hopeful. In Duluth, we met with Eric Goerdt, owner of Northern Waters Smokehaus.   Read More...

  • In Service Sector, No Rest for the Working

    By STEVEN GREENHOUSE FEB. 21, 2015 NEW YORK TIMES.  Read the original article here. On the nights when she has just seven hours between shifts at a Taco Bell in Tampa, Fla., Shetara Brown drops off her three young children with her mother.   Read More...

  • Working Parents Act: Restoring balance for Minnesota families

    Our families face real challenges in an economy that is titled against hardworking Minnesotans. While dual-income families and single-headed households are increasingly the norm, workplace policies haven't caught up.  I introduced the Working Parents Act (HF1093) in the Minnesota Legislature to restore balance for working Minnesotans and provide greater opportunity and economic security to millions of Minnesotans. The Working Parents Act aims to improve workplace policies for fami...  Read More...

  • Student debt relief is worth exploring

    Article by: Editorial Board, Star Tribune House DFLers are touting an intriguing idea that would cut debt. Student loan debt is penetrating political consciousness more deeply this campaign season than any in memory — and to that, we’d add that it’s about time. Americans’ outstanding student loan debt hit $1.2 trillion in May, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   Read More...

  • Higher Education: Keeping Dreams Alive

    Last week, I toured an elementary school in St. Cloud. It was great to see kids concentrating on learning, and the classrooms were filled with energy and excitement.   Read More...

  • All-Day Kindergarden for Our Kids!

    As students across Minnesota head back to school this week, we have a lot to celebrate. The $2 billion borrowed from our schools has been repaid in full. Earlier this month, we learned that Minnesota students placed ahead of every other state on ACT scores.   Read More...

  • Speaker Thissen Receives Legislator of Distinction Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities

    On Thursday, August 21, Speaker Thissen was honored to be named a Legislator of Distinction by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. The award is given to legislators who have worked to support the specific needs of Greater Minnesota, particularly those advocated for by the CGMC.  Speaker Thissen has been a strong advocate for Greater Minnesota since being elected Speaker in 2013. During the 2014 session, he helped to promote a strong rural economic agenda and was crucial to expanding ...  Read More...

  • How Minnesota Passed a Massive Economic Security Law for Women

    Article by: Erin Matson, Editor at Large, RH Reality Check With state legislatures spending an enormous amount of time debating and often passing measures that restrict women’s rights, it stands out as remarkable when a governor uses his or her pen to sign a piece of legislation that does something good for women. But that is just what has happened in Minnesota, where the Women’s Economic Security Act (HF 2536) went into effect August 1. The law provides&n...  Read More...

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