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Drew Christensen and Jason Isaacson were among a gathering this week where faculty and student leaders from colleges and universities around the state testified before the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee about myriad issues confronting the post-secondary landscape. 

But the representatives weren’t there as much to talk as they were to listen.

Each believes their current roles away from the Capitol help inform them on important policies with respect to higher education in Minnesota.

“Many of the students I teach, they are struggling to make ends meet, and they are in school because they want to improve their lives,” said Isaacson (DFL-Little Canada), a communications instructor at Century College in White Bear Lake (pictured above; photo by Paul Battaglia). “I’ve been in their shoes, I’ve walked on that side. That’s why I feel compelled to help anybody who is on that side right now.” (Read more)

Live Video

Event Schedule

House Ways and Means Committee
Monday, February 2 2015 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota Management & Budget:.
Presentation of Governor Dayton's proposed $42.175 billion General Fund / $77.239 billion All Funds budget for the FY2016-17 biennium.

House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee
Monday, February 2 2015 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Met Council overview (transportation area only):.
- Adam Duininck - Chair - introductory remarks.
- Judd Schetnan - Government Affairs Director.
- Brian Lamb - General Manager Metro Transit.
- Arlene McCarthy - Director, Metropolitan Transportation Services.
Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) overview:.
- Peter McLaughlin - Chair, Counties Transit Improvement Board and Hennepin County Commissioner.
Additional testimony from Scott Schulte, Anoka County Commissioner.
Suburban Transit Providers overview:.
- Plymouth City Council Member - Jeff Wosje, Chair Suburban Transit Association.
- Chanhassen City Council Member - Jerry McDonald, Vice-Chair Suburban Transit Association.

House floor session
Monday, February 2 2015 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
House floor session

News and Notes

Prefiled Bill Introductions HF1863-HF2142
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Members won’t seek re-election

Several members of the House have announced they will not seek re-election in 2014. An updated list can be found through this link.


Want to contact your U.S. representative, the governor or a state agency? Click here for a roster of federal and state contacts. 

Session: Round 2

The House and Senate have agreed by joint resolution that the 2014 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 25. With that start date, the second year of the biennium could be a maximum 13 weeks in length.


What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)



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