Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Week of November 20, 2006

The recount for House District 53A will be Monday, November 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul. I'm told that the process could take about one and a half days, with a lot of procedure to be laid out in the first two hours or so.

On Tuesday, I met with Jan Witthuhn, Superintendent, Mounds View School District to discuss education issues. Top issues include the increasing cost of health care, the need to adjust the state's funding formula to accommodate districts with declining enrollment, and testing requirements.

On Wednesday, I met with Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett and two Ramsey County employees about the county's 2007 legislative platform.

Letters of introduction sent from: Lutheran Social Services; The Art Institutes International Minnesota; Minnesota Utility Investors; Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd (a lobbying firm); Agricultural Utilization Research Institute; Ramsey County Commissioners Jan Parker & Victoria Reinhardt; Politics in Minnesota; Minnesota Zoo

Organizations seeking a meeting or inviting me to an event: Waste Management; P.S. (Public Schools) Minnesota; Mayor of Circle Pines; St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce; Sexual Abuse Prevention Network; Coalition of Greater MN Cities; Lockridge Grindal Nauen on behalf of St. Paul Radiology Roseville/Arden Hills; Catholic Charities; Friends of MnSCU; League of Women Voters for North Oaks, White Bear Lake, and Maplewood

Organizations meeting with me or discussing issues on the phone or by e-mail: University of Minnesota Government Relations; American Plastics Council

Constituents contacting me: North Oaks residents briefing me about Highway 96 landfill, which has been leaking vinyl chloride from White Bear Township westward; Lino Lakes resident about a credit reporting bureau not accepting checks for credit reports.