Forecast shows $1.5 billion state budget surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November budget and economic forecast today, which projects a $1.54 billion surplus available for the next two-year budget cycle (Fiscal Year 2020-21). The surplus is the result of $720 million rolled over from the current biennium, along with an $824 million surplus expected in the next biennium. In […]

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GMNP president moderates legislative panel on child care

Region Nine Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, who also serves as president of the GMNP, moderated a legislative panel discussion on child care at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) annual fall conference on Nov. 15 in Alexandria. Panelists were Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks), Sen. […]

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State launches website to help Minnesotans check their internet speeds

The Minnesota Office of Broadband is promoting a new tool to help consumers measure the broadband speeds actually delivered, as opposed to using the internet provider’s number which is based on what they offer for speeds. The tool, found at CheckSpeedMinnesota.com, will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report broadband internet speeds. According to a […]

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It’s time to renew your GMNP membership!

Within the last two weeks, current GMNP members should have received the 2019 membership renewal letter and invoice in the mail. Membership dues can be paid any time between now and February 1, 2019. Please let us know if you plan to continue to be a part of the GMNP team in 2019, even if […]

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Senate working group to hold listening sessions on child care

The Minnesota Senate has convened a bipartisan Child Care Access Working Group, chaired by Sen. Bill Weber (R-Luverne), to explore issues related to the child care shortage that affects communities across the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota. The working group plans to hold a series of listening sessions to hear public testimony on issues related […]

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2018 Gubernatorial Forum: Focusing on issues important to Greater Minnesota

Join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Minnesota Partnership on Thursday, July 26 for a forum featuring the leading candidates in the running to be Minnesota’s next governor! Confirmed participants are DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz and GOP candidate Hennepin County […]

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Join us for upcoming GMNP events!

As we dive into the month of July, we encourage you to mark your calendars for a few  upcoming GMNP events: GMNP Membership Meeting The GMNP’s annual membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Verizon Center in Mankato (1 Civic Center Plaza). The meeting will include a brief […]

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Notes from the Capitol: Legislative Update

The 2018 legislative session is rapidly coming to a close. The State Constitution requires the session to end on Monday, but it also requires that bills be passed no later than midnight on Sunday. Here is where some of the top issues currently stand: Capital investment bill – The House passed their capital investment bill […]

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