Archives for April 2019

WINKLER MAKES QUESTIONABLE CLAIM ON TAX REFUNDS

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler claims the Trump tax law gave massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy while many Minnesotans have seen their refunds disappear…

Republicans say wait a minute… the REAL reason many tax refunds are less this year, is because there has been less taxes withheld, so overall, most taxpayers are actually seeing a tax reduction, regardless of the size of their refund.

BELTRAMI ELECTRIC TO MEET

Beltrami Electric Cooperative will hold its 79th annual members meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd, at Bemidji High School. Registration and a roast beef dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting starting at 7. The agenda includes the election of director candidates and reports from management. The featured speaker will be Stacey Dahl, senior manager of external affairs for Minnkota Power Cooperative. For more information, call (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083.

WINKLER TALKS PRIORITIES

Midnight Friday marked the final of three legislative deadlines. Legislators headed back to their districts for the Easter/Passover break and return to the Capitol on April 23rd to resume the legislative session. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler talks about priorities for the remainder of session…

MN LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILL AT URGING OF TEENS

Led by a group of teenagers, Minnesota lawmakers are set to introduce a bill under which Minnesota utilities would be required to provide 100 percent carbon-free power to customers in the next decade. Mia DiLorenzo is a high school freshman who believes in the impossible…

LEARN ABOUT FLUTES

Bemidji Adventures in Lifelong Learning presents “Native American Flute Circle at Bemidji State University” with Dr.Jim Barta Dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Humanities on Tuesday, April 16. Anyone interested in learning about the Native American Flute and how to play it should attend this ‘Show and Tell’ presentation beginning at 10 am. All presentations are at Beltrami Electric, Bemidji. More information CALL 760-5281.

HANDS FREE BILL PASSES

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the final, compromise ‘hands free’ bill after differences were reconciled with the Minnesota Senate. Representative Frank Hornstein is chief author of the bill and the Chair of the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee…

The Governor is expected to sign it, making Minnesota the 18th state to require a ‘hands free’ device while driving.

HANDS FREE BILL A “GO”

An agreement has been reached on the Hands Free Cell Phone bill. Chief author, Rep. Frank Hornstein (HORN-steen)….

DEMOCRATS PUSH GUN CONTROL MEASURES IN MINNESOTA HOUSE

There was long debate on gun control in a Minnesota House committee, as Democrats, over Republicans’ heated objections, put background checks and a so-called “red flag” measure into a larger public safety funding bill. Republican Brian Johnson says if gun control is Democrats’ priority, they should have a floor vote on a stand-alone bill. He says although it is one of the top 10 priorities, they bring it to the floor, and they gotta stick it in an omnibus bill.

DEMS WANT ALIENS TO DRIVE

The Democrat-controlled Minnesota House passed it Friday, but a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a Minnesota drivers license has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate. House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says it’s for that reason they will try to sneak it in through the backdoor, by including the measure in budget bills. House Democrats say they are prepared to hold up passing state budget bills unless Republicans agree to drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.