Thursday, May 9, 2013
The bill passed in the Minnesota House with a 75-59 vote on May 9, 2013.
Minnesota Representatives approved with a 75-59 vote Thursday, May 9 a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in the state. Representatives for Maple Grove, Kurt Zellers and Joyce Peppin, voted against the measure, according to the roll call. Readers respond At the news of the bill passing, several Maple Grove Patch Facebook users shared their comments. What do you think of the vote? Share your thoughts in comments!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More private funding or making stadium project smaller would allow for state funding drop.
State Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) has signed onto a new Vikings stadium bill Wednesday that would decrease the State of Minnesota's financial obligations in the project. It envisions a scaled-down stadium design or bringing in additional private funding to allow the state to back out—partly—from the project. HF 1753 would make these changes to state law regarding the stadium: "... appropriation bonds issued and unpaid shall not exceed $400,000,000 (formerly $600,000,000) in principal amount ... "The state share of stadium costs shall be limited to $148,000,000 (formerly $348,000,000) for construction of a new stadium ... "The Minnesota Stadium Authority shall modify the design and construction plans to adjust for the reduction of …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Two Republicans who represent Maple Grove are among the potential challengers, according to the Star Tribune.
Two office-holders who represent Maple Grove are among 10 Republicans who "are getting closer" to running against Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014, according to the Star Tribune's Hot Dish Politics blog: State Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove - The former House Speaker does not deny that a gubernatorial run is a possibility. “I’m leaving all my options. I’m not making any decisions,” he said recently. He, like [state Sen. Dave] Thompson, said he is focused on the Legislature right now. ... Adding to the list: U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen. Both have left open the possibility the may run for U.S. Senate against Democrat Al Franken (as has U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann) or against Dayton. And Democrats and Republicans both mention Marvin …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Zellers: "This all out ‘tax assault’ on middle class Minnesotans grows government but does nothing to grow the jobs people need."
Wednesday, March 20
Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) released the following statement March 19, 2013 regarding the Minnesota House DFL’s budget framework. Minnesota is one of the leading states in the nation when you look at our recovery from the great recession. Our unemployment is lower than the national average and our state budget has nearly repaired itself from the tremendous deficits the DFL left us when Republicans took control of the Legislature after 2010. In fact, our state has a balanced budget going forward. Yet today, Democrats in the Minnesota House proposed a massive new increase in government spending paid for by an 11% income tax on small business women and men, a “snack tax” on chips and jerky, a tax on beer, wine and alcohol, an increased …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Rep. Kurt Zellers: "While I and our Minnesota business owners appreciate the governor dropping the business-to-business tax and sales tax proposals, he never should have put them forward in his original tax plan."
Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) released the following statement regarding Governor Dayton’s budget proposal March 14, 2013. Today, Governor Dayton continues his push to impose higher taxes on hard-working Minnesotans. His insatiable desire to tax “the wealthy” is only going to hurt small business women and men the hardest. Republicans proved in the last legislature that you can balance the budget without raising taxes on Minnesotans. Because we did not raise taxes, we encouraged more productivity that brought more revenue into the state. While I and our Minnesota business owners appreciate the governor dropping the business-to-business tax and sales tax proposals, he never should have put them forward in his original tax plan. As the …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Zellers: "We can credit the Republican-led legislature for creating a better Minnesota budget situation for our state."
Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) released the following statement regarding the February Forecast on March 1, 2013. Yesterday we received great news for the state. Our budget deficit for the next biennium has shrunk from $1.1 billion to $627 million - an improvement of $463 million. In addition, we found out we now have a $2.8 billion surplus for the current biennium. Two years ago at this point we had a $5 billion deficit. No longer should we have to hear from Gov. Dayton and Democrat leadership that the era of big government is overdue. Republican-led reforms that produced a more efficient government allowed us to improve services and cut costs resulting in a surplus and budget that is balanced going forward. Because we did not raise …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 8.
Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The 134 name plates have to be adjusted by hand at least every two years. The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 8. After redistricting, and the 2012 General Election, the Maple Grove area will continue to be represented by Joyce Peppin and Kurt Zellers in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Warren Limmer in the Senate. RELATED: Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
All three were incumbents going into the 2012 general election.
District 34 voters have reelected State Rep. Kurt Zellers and Rep. Joyce Peppin as well as State Sen. Warren Limmer in the 2012 general election. Senate District 34 Seat Incumbent Warren Limmer (R) will be returning to office as Minnesota District 34 Senator after winning over Sharon Bahensky (DFL) in the Nov. 6 general election, according to unofficial results posted on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Limmer received 25,847 (57.04%) of the votes, Bahensky with 19,406 (42.83%). Limmer was first elected to the senate in February 1995. Senate District 34 serves Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, Rogers and Hassan. House District 34A Seat Returning to the Minnesota House of Representatives, Joyce Peppin (R) has won House District 34A, …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Video of the Oct. 4 candidate forum for the Legislative District 34, 34A and 34B candidates in the Maple Grove City Council Chambers.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Candidates for Legislative Districts 34, 34A and 34B meet up during an Oct. 4, 2012 candidate forum in Maple Grove City Council Chambers. Senate candidates are Sharon Bahensky (DFL) and Warren Limmer (R). House 34A candidats Adam Fisher (DFL) and Joyce Peppin (R). House 34B David Hoden (DFL) and Kurt Zellers (R). The North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Osseo hosted the event. Video courtsey of Channel 12 televison.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Speaker of the House Rep. Kurt Zellers (32B) provides a email legislative update covering topics of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare and new Minnesota laws going into effect July 1, 2012.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Dear Neighbor, U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare President Obama and Democrats in Congress have unleashed a massive expansion of government that will harm our economy every day until it is repealed. Obamacare contains at least 20 taxes totaling hundreds of billions of dollars that will smother the economy. Add to that the mandates, regulations, bureaucracy and massive costs and this bill will prove itself to be an unworkable disaster of proportions only government can create. Look no further than Minnesota’s medical device industry for how Obamacare will slam our economy and kill jobs. Innovative companies that employ highly-skilled workers in well-paying jobs will now be socked with a tax increase for their efforts. We are never …