Thursday, May 9, 2013
Minnesota could be the 12th state to pass same-sex marriage legislation.
The Minnesota House passed the same-sex marriage bill in a 75-59 vote Thursday afternoon. Rep. Linda Slocum did indeed vote in favor of the bill. See what she had to say before the vote, below. *** Richfield House Rep. Linda Slocum told Patch she would be voting in favor of the same-sex marriage legislation on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday afternoon. The full House is debating the bill and is expected to vote Thursday. If the bill passes the Minnesota Senate will take it up on Monday. The following is a statement Slocum gave in an e-mail to Patch Thursday: "This is a historic day in Minnesota. In voting for the marriage equality bill, I am voting to allow civil marriages for all Minnesotans. The bill also …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The latest Local Voices post from Rep. Linda Slocum.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Richfield Rep. Linda Slocum gives an update on what's been happening at the Capitol.
Editor's Note: The following is a Letter to the Editor from Rep. Linda Slocum. To the editor: With the end of the legislative session approaching, here’s an update on what’s been happening at the Capitol and what to expect during the next few weeks. Richfield and Bloomington residents will probably see property taxes reductions next year. Richfield is likely to see an increase of $540,000 in local government aid, while Bloomington would begin receiving $300,000 a year. The tax bill also includes direct aid for homeowners and renters – homeowners would receive an additional $212 in property tax reductions, while renters would receive about $170 more in their refund. Beginning in 2014, our schools can expect new resources from the state. …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
According to a press release, beginning next year, 75 percent of Minnesota homeowners will also would see an increase in their property tax refund.
Saturday, April 6
Editor's Note: The following is a release from the office Minnesota House Rep. Linda Slocum, who represents Richfield. New data from the Minnesota House Research Department shows that Richfield and Bloomington will benefit from the property tax reduction legislation proposed by the MN House DFL. Beginning in 2014, the City of Richfield would see an increase of roughly $540,000 in local government aid. Bloomington, which currently receives no aid, would get about $300,000 a year. “During the past decade, increasing property taxes have become a real hardship for many of my constituents,” said Rep. Linda Slocum (DFL – Richfield). “Additional aid to cities and direct support to homeowners and renters will help reduce property taxes, while …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Richfield's House rep talks about the governor's recent budget proposal.
Editor's Note: The following is a letter from Rep. Linda Slocum (D-50A). To the editor: Governor Dayton recently released his budget proposal for the 2014-2015 biennium. The Governor’s proposal rejects shifts, tricks, and gimmicks—it would end an era of structural deficits. Though I am still reviewing the proposal, Governor Dayton’s budget includes smart, new investments in early, K-12, and higher education. Investing in a world-class education system ensures Minnesotans will develop the skills for the economy of the future. This budget proposal also includes property tax reduction for middle-class Minnesotans. More money in the pockets of middle class homeowners will help drive job creation and economic growth across the state. To ensure …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The following letter was submitted to Patch by Rep. Linda Slocum (D-50A).
To the editor: As a teacher, I understand how important education is to the next generation. Great schools and quality education are the tickets to economic opportunity for our kids. As a legislator, I am committed to ensuring our schools have the resources they need to provide a world class education to our children and grandchildren. Due to budget shifts from the past two years, Minnesota owes our schools $2.4 billion in delayed aid. I am honored to serve this term as Vice-Chair of the Education Finance Committee. As Vice-Chair, I am working to repay our schools so that they have the resources they need to educate kids all across Minnesota. Good schools can have such a positive impact on not only our kids, but on families and whole …
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, Richfield will be represented by Linda Slocum and Jean Wagenius in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Patricia Torres Ray and Melissa Halvorson-Wiklund in the Senate. Slocum, Wagenius and Torres-Ray all one re-election campaigns. Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Richfield Rep. Linda Slocum talks with Patch after the election.
Last week's election turned out to be a major win for Minnesota DFL legislators, after flipping both the House and the Senate into a Democratic majority. And, of course, we can’t forget the governor’s office has Democrat Mark Dayton at the helm. Not surprisingly, Richfield Rep. Linda Slocum—who was re-elected to a fourth term Tuesday—told Richfield Patch she was incredibly pleased with the outcome locally and nationally. While Slocum said DFL control of the state legislature was delightful, a list of priorities for the next session has to be pounded out. “The ball’s in our (DFL) court,” Slocum said. “And we need to do some big things and move forward with purpose.” Among some of those priorities, Slocum said renewing the income tax code to…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Not only did the Democrats sweep Richfield, they also gained House and Senate majority.
***Last Update: 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012*** Reps. Linda Slocum (50A) and Jean Wagenius (63B), as well as Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (District 63) were all given another term early Wednesday morning, with newcomer Melissa Halvorson-Wiklund getting the Senate District 50 seat. And they're all part of the Democratic Party. Which isn't a surprise, being that Richfield traditionally votes liberal. What is a surprise, however, is these four wins helped the DFL gain the majority in both the House and Senate. Anaylists had previously predicted the Senate could go blue, but the House was a major surprise for most. According to MinnPost, the new Senate appears to have 39 DFLers and 28 Republicans, with the House makeup appearing to be 73 …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Richfield and Hennepin County.
***Last update: 9 p.m. a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012*** As Election Day nears, Richfield Patch is committed to providing great coverages of local, state and national candidates, the races, issues on the ballot and voting procedures. The following is a collection of articles and links to aid voters as they prepare to head to the polls Tuesday. Click on the blue links to other Patch resources: Richfield's ward and precinct lines were redrawn earlier this year after the Minnesota State Legislature passed its own redisticting plan. Some voters will find their precinct has changed. See Richfield Patch's Sample Ballots, Polling Location for Richfield Voters for more information on where to vote. Maps of the old and new precinct boundaries, as well …