Monday, May 6, 2013
The Republican senator from District 56 updates residents on the Daycare Unionization Bill and the Dream Act.
Editor's note: The following is an update from Lakeville Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 56), dated May 3. Catching Up This is not my usual comprehensive update, because I sent you information just [a few] days ago. However, there are some things you need to know. At this point in session things are moving very quickly. Daycare Unionization Bill Democrats are highly motivated to get daycare providers and personal care attendants (PCA) under the union umbrella. This is not a good idea. Most daycare providers and virtually all PCAs are self-employed. The union model doesn’t even fit for these folks. This legislation is a brazen attempt to grow union membership and create yet another group that is working to get more money from taxpayers…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Thompson: "Early data show pull tab revenue for FY 2013 at $1.8 million, 95 percent less than the forecast $35 million."
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see this week's legislative update for a review on the problems with E-pull tabs, an update on Budget & Taxes, as well as a summary of work done in the Transportation Committee. Sincerely, Dave
Monday, April 1, 2013
Each week, Patch takes a closer look at the activities of Dakota and Rice Counties' legislators as part of our Capitol Review.
District 58 Sen. Dave Thompson (R) wants to increase the penalties for those convicted of killing or assaulting a prosecuting attorney in Minnesota. State law currently dictates that anyone who kills a peace officer or correctional facility guard be charged with felony first-degree murder. Thompson's proposalwould add prosecuting attorneys to that list of protected public servants. Anyone convicted of assault with deadly force against a prosecuting attorney could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. In other political news around the county: Dakota County's newest regional park, Whitetail Woods, could get an infusion of cash under a plan backed by District 51B Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL) and a handful of other …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) spoke at a convention for fourth district Republicans.
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) upbraided Democrats, specifically for their work on health care legislation, during a GOP convention for fourth district Republicans held Saturday in Vadnais Heights. "We are working tirelessly at the capitol to do our best to take on a DFL legislature and governor that right now are absolutely out of control," Thompson said in his speech. "Your legislators are doing the very best that we can to stop and slow down the bad things that are happening up there and at least point out to the public what's going on"
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Also in this week's wrap: Talking about all-day, everyday kindergarten; two autistic men at center of sign ordinance debate; and those pesky potholes are back.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Lakeville Lakeville Sen. Dave Thompson Mulling Run for Governor Thompson says he's "seriously considering" a run to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. Lakeville PI to Sue State for Taking Illegal Peeks at Her Driving Records The Lakeville sleuth's driving records have been accessed 166 times since 2003, with search spikes occurring after her picture appeared in the news. Eagan Two Autistic Little Caesar's Employees at Center of Eagan Ordinance Dustup Two young autistic men landed jobs as walking and waving signage for Little Caesar's, but the city of Eagan put an end to the practice…
Thompson: "We all want to provide enough tax revenue for government to effectively perform its core functions, but growing government irresponsibly is not that way to attain that goal."
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Today concluded the 2nd deadline for bills. Throughout this week many bills passed through their required committees. This update highlights issues from the Judiciary Committee, Transportation Committee, Health & Human Services, as well as Environment. This coming week the Senate is on break for the Easter & Passover Holidays. Sincerely, Dave
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thompson says he's "seriously considering" a run to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.
Lakeville's State Senator Dave Thompson hasn't been shy about taking on leadership roles since he was first elected to state politics in 2010. And now the popular Republican is muling a run for governor. “I am giving it consideration,” Thompson told Sun Thisweek in a story published March 19. He told the newspaper that he will make a final decision over the next few weeks about whether or not to mount a campaign for the state's top office. Currently the Senate minority leader, Thompson said he's been encouraged by many constituents and business leaders to run in 2014 to challenge DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Sun Thisweek reports. The report quoted Thompson saying: “I have talked to my family about it. I am serious, but I’m not ready to make a …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Education Policy Committee passed S.F. 783, an anti-bullying bill earlier this week.
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see this week's legislative update. In this update, I discuss the recent passage of the Healthcare Exchange Bill in the Senate, the push for day-care unionization, and the Anti-Bullying Bill heard in Education this week. Also, there is a personal note regarding my position on judicial retention elections. Sincerely, Dave
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The February budget forecast showed that Minnesota is in better fiscal shape than it was at the time of the November 2012 forecast. Two years ago at this time we faced a $5.1 billion deficit, currently we face a projected $627 million deficit.
Editor's Note: To read Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 58) full weekly newsletter, click the PDF to the right. Dear Neighbors, Please see the this week's legislative update. I touch on the topics of Budget Forecast, Taxes, Health & Human Services, and also the Board of Regents. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Dave
Sunday, February 24, 2013
All Republicans voted against the bill after pointing out the damage Governor Dayton’s tax increases would do to regular folks and small business owners in our state.
Dear Neighbors, First, I wanted to thank all the constituents that came and visited during In-District Office Hours. I always appreciate hearing the concerns and thoughts that you have. Attached is the Legislative Update for this week. Issues raised this week range from gun control to taxes to the teacher basic skills test. Please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Dave