Thursday, January 31, 2013
House Bill would expand access to quality, affordable health care to adults and children through Medicaid and would take effect in January 2014.
Editor's note: The following is a news release from Burnsville's State House Representative Will Morgan, (D-District 56B). Dear neighbors, Minnesotans who want sensible, bipartisan solutions to the problems facing our citizens should cheer the Minnesota House for putting House File 9 on the fast track to the governor’s desk. The bill would expand access to quality, affordable health care to adults and children through Medicaid and would take effect in January 2014. The best part of this bill is that it won’t cost the state a penny until 2017. The federal government will fund 100% of the proposed expansion through 2016. Beginning in 2017, a gradual phase down in the federal match occurs, ending in 90% federal funding of the proposed …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
As a parent, do you support state funding for all-day kindergarten? Why or why not?
Among the first bills of the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session included one that would provide state funding for school districts to offer all-day kindergarten. Sen. Chuck Wiger, a co-author of a bill, said the funding would provide “an important step toward enhancing Minnesota’s commitment to quality education for all children.” Some school districts in the Twin Cities are already providing all-day kindergarten at an extra or no cost. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board reallocated funding - $1.5 million - to fund a free, all-day kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year. Although, some questioned the sustainability. In the Osseo School District, some Maple Grove and Plymouth parents have the option to pay to have their …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Letter writer: "Mr. Morgan, as he is known to his students, is a well respected science teacher and coach at Burnsville High School."
Monday, November 5, 2012
To the editor, Will Morgan will work hard to forge compromise and common ground in the Minnesota Legislature as State Representative in District 56B. He prefers to work quietly behind the scenes and forge consensus, rather than acting as a "flame thrower." Mr. Morgan, as he is known to his students, is a well respected science teacher and coach at Burnsville High School. He is supported by many former students and fellow faculty. As a scientist, Will looks at numbers, facts and data to help make decisions. We need more of this at the State Legislature. Working on school district negotiating committees, Will helped craft the Independent School District 191's performance pay system called "Pro-Pay." This plan was called a "Model" by the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Letter writer: Will Morgan is a teacher at Burnsville High School and has an outstanding record protecting our schools at the state legislature.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
To the editor: Education is crucial to a healthy economy. As such, it's crucial we have some one with first-hand experience representing our kids at the Capitol. Will Morgan's experience comes two fold: not only has he taught Physics for the past 20 years at Burnsville High School, but he also has an outstanding record protecting our schools at the state legislature. Who better to advocate the interests of our children's education than Will? As a teacher he sees first hand the effects of education cuts, like the more than $2 billion borrowed from schools by the current legislature. And after teaching for 20 years he's survived the ridiculous unfunded big government mandates (like the Profiles of Learning and No Child Left Behind) that do …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Anderson, an incumbent, will face Democratic challenge Sandy Masin for House District 51A in the 2012 election cycle.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter District 51A Rep. Diane Anderson (R) intends to focus on the state's business climate, education funding and goverment accountability in her bid for re-election this year. Anderson highlighted those issues in a press release announcing that the incumbent legislator had filed for re-election last Friday. Anderson, who lives in Eagan, has a bachelors of science degree from the University of Minnesota. During her first term as a state representative, she served on the Health and Human Services Finance Committee, the Commerce and Regluatory Reform Committee and the Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee. “This district needs a fiscally conservative representative who…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sen. Dan Hall is offering "office hours" this summer to interested constituents.
Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville) will be conducting in-district office hours over the summer in an effort to meet more of his base face-to-face. The next will take place on Monday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jo Jo's Rise & Wine. Anyone who wishes to join Sen. Hall for a cup of joe should call 651-296-5975 to make an appointment.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Sunday, 200 people showed up in support of Dakota County Votes No, a new organization aimed at defeating a proposed constitutional amendment banning marriage between gays and lesbians.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter For one Dakota County couple, the struggle for "Freedom to Marry" predates the Minnesota Marriage Amendment by over four decades. “It’s déjà vu. This is sheer ignorance and pride—just like 45 years ago,” said Thea Harriday, an Apple Valley resident who met her husband, an African American, over 43 years ago. At the time, less than a decade had gone by since the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional in 1967 (Loving v. Virginia). Though Minnesota was one of a handful of state that had never enacted laws forbidding interracial marriage, the social stigma against it was strong. Harriday said her family disowned her and over 200 …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
If the Senate approves it today, it will be on November's ballot.
The Minnesota Senate will decide today whether November's ballot should have a proposed constitutional amendment that would—if passed by Minnesota voters—make photo IDs a requirement on Election Day. The Senate will be taking up the bill right on the heels of the House's final approval, which came shortly after midnight Tuesday. The issue has divided the Legislature on party lines, with Republican supporters saying it would add integrity to Minnesota's election system, while Democratic opponents say the measure is unnecessary and could disenfranchise some voters. You can watch live video of today's Senate vote, courtesy of The UpTake, right here on Burnsville Patch starting at 11 a.m.
Friday, March 2, 2012
In email to supporters, State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-District 36A), said she'll be running for re-election, but not in the newly drawn district she slated to run in.
When redistricting blew up the current political map, Lakeville's State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-District 36A) was faced with a decision. Stay or move. Her current district—36A—was slid to the west and north and renamed 56B. It also meant if she stayed in that district, she'd represent a bunch of Burnsville and very little of Lakeville, her hometown. But in the shifting of political boundaries, the bulk of Lakeville, and Holberg's old territory, was left inside a new district called 58A. It's part of State Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 36) new district and most importantly, it's a district that is vacant. In an email, Holberg, the current House Ways and Means Committee chair, cleared up any confusion over what she intends to do. She's …
Monday, April 4, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for April 4.
Here are the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Education Bills Pave Strange Path for Lakeville, Minnesota School Districts Alleged Armed Burglar Formally Charged Nine Northfield Businesses Burglarized; $900 Taken Visitation School's Robettes Win North Star Regional Robotics Competition Photo Gallery: Pinewood Derby at Apple Valley's Falcon Ridge Middle School