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Dan Sparks

Dan Sparks: Securing firm financial footing for Austin firefighters

One of my priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session is finishing the work necessary for Austin’s volunteer firefighters and their pensions. These selfless volunteer firefighters ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Sen. Sparks previews 2019 legislative session

Happy New Year, southern Minnesota! I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed some quality time together over the holidays and had an opportunity to ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Bipartisan agreements reached on some things

The 2018 legislative session concluded Sunday, May 20. This year, our part-time legislature met in St. Paul for three months. Although we do not always ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: Thank you for participating in our democracy

Hundreds of bills got introduced, received public hearings, and were narrowed down for robust debate on the floor of each legislative body. Ordinary citizens and ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Legislature should approve Austin’s capital investment requests

Every year, infrastructure that is collectively owned by Minnesota taxpayers (such as veterans homes and college campuses) experience normal wear and tear. If not addressed ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

State legislature still talking about taxes

Tax filing season may be over now, but the Legislature is just beginning to discuss federal tax conformity – the process by which state lawmakers ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: It’s halftime at the Minnesota Legislature

State lawmakers are wrapping up a one-week Spring recess and will return to the Capitol Monday. The mid-session milestone was an important opportunity for all ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Legislature must improve licensing and registration system

If there’s one thing state lawmakers agree on this year, it’s that the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System is not working for most people. Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Minnesota projects $329 million surplus for current bennium

The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) is the state agency responsible for coordinating state finances, accounting, and budgeting processes. In late February, MMB ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: Local capital investment projects are priority for Senator Sparks

Minnesota is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business because we offer people a great quality of life. Wherever ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: Real ID passes as state session nears its end

The 2017 Legislative Session is days away from wrapping up and the last pieces are coming together. After months of input from constituents, work on ... Read more

3 years ago by Daily Herald.

Program cuts loom at Minn. colleges and universities

Minnesota colleges and universities are taking to Twitter, local newspaper editorials and email campaigns to get the word out: the legislature’s 2017 Higher Education Bill ... Read more

3 years ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: ‘Our roads and bridges require funding’

Sparks eager to serve on Transportation Conference Committee Read more

3 years ago by Daily Herald.

Ensuring the financial future of Austin firefighters

By Dan Sparks,  State Senator, District 27 Pensions are the lifeblood of retirees. A healthy pension fund can be the difference between a comfortable retirement ... Read more

3 years ago by Daily Herald.

Help is available for storm damage

When high-speed winds and heavy rain whipped through Minnesota recently, most people were taken aback — both by the strength of the storms and the ... Read more

3 years ago by Daily Herald.

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