2016 session to be brief and busy

The 2016 legislative session will begin on March 8, but many legislators are already back at work. More than 230 new bills have been pre-filed in the House of Representatives, and a number of committees have held informational hearings.

Senate Democrats and staff have moved into the new Minnesota Senate Building, where they will hold floor sessions in conference rooms. The House of Representatives will continue to hold floor sessions in the House Chamber of the State Capitol, despite the rest of the building being shut down for continued construction and restoration. No running water and extremely limited access in the Capitol will add to the unique challenges facing the 2016 session.

The 2016 session will be dominated by the “big three” topics of transportation, taxes and bonding, as well as competing ideas for how to use the state’s $1.9 billion surplus. While talk of a special session fizzled, the issues that would have been debated – such as disparities in communities of color and unemployment benefits for laid-off Iron Range workers – are likely to be discussed during the session’s first few weeks.

Blast from the past

We’re digging into the Goff Public photo archive to help celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Check out our CFO Heidi Larson in the late 1990s. She is celebrating 20 years with Goff Public this month.

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages regularly to make sure you see every nostalgic and stylish photo!

School counselors gearing up for legislative session

Did you know that Minnesota ranks almost dead-last in the nation for student access to school counselors? Goff Public is helping the Minnesota School Counselors Association tell its story at the Capitol and advocate for the Support Our Students Act – a bill that provides an optional matching grant for Minnesota school districts that choose to expand access to school counselors or other licensed student support staff.

MinnPost recently published an in-depth story that explores how school counselors are narrowing the achievement gap, helping students discover careers, and assisting students in overcoming the social and emotional challenges they face every day. Goff Public also organized Governor Dayton’s recent visit to a school in Mankato to commemorate School Counseling Week in Minnesota and meet with student support staff about struggles that students face.