Thursday, May 2, 2013
"The education finance bill took significant steps to reducing property taxes, in addition to making the reforms and funding increase necessary to maintain our world-class education system," according to Kent, a first-term DFLer who represents parts of Oa
Thursday, May 2
For the past 10 years, property taxes on Minnesotans have gone up almost 90 percent and are approaching an unsustainable level. Middle-class families and small businesses are being hammered by an ever-growing property tax burden. The Senate has passed legislation to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in needed relief to our local communities. Every single Minnesotan has felt the increase. It is a problem that was neglected for far too long. The education finance bill took significant steps to reducing property taxes, in addition to making the reforms and funding increase necessary to maintain our world-class education system. The education finance bill buys back $150 million in school levies. Local governments are able to remove …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
“The increased income tax on the third tier of Minnesotans would put us at the high end of income tax rates in the nation, and I am unable to support that,” she said.
The DFL-led Senate on Monday passed an omnibus tax bill on its second vote. Sen. Susan Kent, a first-term DFLer who represents parts of Oakdale, voted against the bill twice. By raising income taxes on the state’s highest earners, increasing cigarette taxes and adding sales tax to clothing and some services, the bill would raise an additional $1.8 billion over the next biennium, according to a Pioneer press report. In a statement, Kent said there were a number of positive items in the bill, “but mixed with one primary negative one that I could not support because of the feedback I’ve heard from constituents—the income tax increase on the third tier.” “I appreciate the important and meaningful tax reforms in the bill, including a lower …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The first-term state senator, who represents parts of Oakdale, says she's "happy to be a part of the newly formed 'Purple Caucus,' which is a bipartisan group of legislators dedicated to having a civil conversation to find areas of agreement."
As the 2013 legislative session returns to action, I wanted to share a few examples of the many things I’ve learned in my short time in St. Paul and give you an update of what has taken place so far. The first being, Senators apparently lack the ability to make their own copies. I recently stood outside my office making copies and was mocked by several staff members and colleagues that they’ve never seen a Senator make their own copies before. As a former small business owner, I’m used to a different way of doing things! On a more serious note, however, I have been quite impressed with the hard work and dedication of everybody at the Capitol—fellow legislators, staff members and citizens who take time out of their lives to come testify …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The event, featuring several local elected officials, was held Saturday at Woodbury City Hill.
Sunday, March 10
MNCD4Conservative posted a YouTube video of a town hall meeting Saturday, March 9, in Woodbury that featured several local elected officials. Attending the meeting, held at City Hall, included: Constituents asked Kieffer to host the joint town hall meeting at her most recent library listening session in Woodbury, according to a pre-event release. Here's a post about the event from a local blogger: Betty McCollum on the Sequester Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free email newsletter Like Patch on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free newsletter
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The DFLer is serving her first term in the state Senate.
Above is a YouTube video of Sen. Susan Kent, who represents Woodbury and parts of Oakdale, posted Feb. 27. Here's her page on the state Senate's website. Like Patch on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free newsletter
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Sen. Wiger, Sen. Kent, Rep. Lillie and Rep. Ward hosted a town hall meeting at Oakdale City Hall on Jan. 12 to discuss priorities for the legislative session. The senators and representatives thanked constituents for attending their town hall meeting.
Thursday, January 17
We thank everyone who participated at our town hall meeting on Saturday, January 12th. It is great to hear from constituents. We sincerely appreciate hearing your concerns as we begin the new legislative session. We especially want to thank Washington County Commissioner Ted Bearth and District 622 School Board Member Steve Hunt for participating in the meeting. It is important we work together and listen to various viewpoints before making decisions at the Capitol. These forums allow us to connect with people in our districts and hear directly from voters. This year, one of the top priorities is to put Minnesota’s budget on a sustainable path forward, and hearing citizens’ concerns helps put the budget in perspective for us. Additional…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The freshman senator represents portions of Oakdale and all of Woodbury in the Legislature.
As a lover of history, the moment wasn’t lost on Susan Kent. She was sworn in last week as the newest state senator Oakdale, and Kent said she was trying to “soak it all in” at the Capitol as she began her first term in District 53. “It was awe inspiring,” Kent said. The DFLer, who unseated Ted Lillie in the 2012 elections, said the area expects a certain amount of fiscal conservatism from its lawmakers, and plans to focus on the economy, jobs, budget and education. The Legislature will have to address a $1.1 billion deficit this session, and Kent said lawmakers must address the shortfall without cutting back on top priorities, such education or infrastructure. It’s not just a matter of spending or revenue, she said. “It’s both.” “It needs…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Susan Kent will represent Senate District 53.
Susan Kent (DFL) will be representing Senate District 53, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State. Kent beat incumbent Ted Lillie (GOP) with 22,781 votes (52 percent) while Lillie received 20,857 votes (47 percent). All results are unofficial until verified by a canvassing board. This post will be updated. Related posts Have you enjoyed our elections coverage? Then sign up for our free e-newsletter , which sends you updates about stories, breaking news, announcements, events and blogs on our site.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Susan Kent says she will seek the DFL endorsement in District 53.
The race for the new Senate district that encompasses the south part of Oakdale just got a new candidate. Susan Kent announced her intentions Thursday to seek the DFL nomination for Senate District 53. The Woodbury resident sent out a release highlighting some of her qualifications, including more than two decades “as a consultant in strategic marketing and media ranging from major U.S. corporations, to state agencies focused on economic development and tourism, to local arts and nonprofit organizations.” Kent is also a PTA president in a District 833 school, a founder of the Twin Cities East Chapter of Mothers & More, and a member of other district groups, according to the release. Her platform focuses on access to quality education, …