Paul Marquart

Northwest Minnesotans ask questions on surplus during District 4 town hall

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – People from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes take part in a town hall to hear from their state senator and representatives. Minnesota has the only divided Legislature in the country, so passing anything requires some comprise. People wanted to know how State Senator Kent Eken and State Representatives Paul Marquart and Heather Keeler would like the Legislature to…

Marquart leaving legislature after 22 years

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) – Longtime Democratic State Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth says he’s decided not to run for reelection. The former Dilworth mayor served 11 terms in the Minnesota House.  He was first elected to the legislature in 2000. “At 65, it’s time to try new things and to spend more time with my family and those fun grandchildren,”…

NW Minnesota lawmakers discuss 2021 legislative session

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A Minnesota Legislative wrap-up with District 4 legislators discusses actions and support they took during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the COVID-19 pandemic upended many Moorhead businesses, Minnesota State lawmakers discuss the resiliency the community had to come back from difficult times,” DFL State Representative Heather Keeler of Moorhead said. With the Cares Act that…

Local lawmakers reveal their priorities for Minnesota’s 2nd special session

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Democratic State Senator Kent Eken of Twin Valley and State Representative Paul Marquart of Dilworth both say priorities of the second special session are to pass bonding and tax bills. Marquart says a strong bonding bill is beneficial for rural Minnesota in funding flood mitigation and water and sewer projects. Eken voted to rescind Governor Tim…

Dilworth State Rep. Paul Marquart votes against MN Police Accountability Act

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – State Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth is the only House Democrat to vote against a police reform bill. Marquart calls the death of George Floyd inhuman and atrocius. He agrees the officers in that case should be prosecuted. However, he feels the Minnesota Police Accountability Act is too broad. It requires the Attorney General’s office to…

MN State Republicans Working To Prevent Taxing Paycheck Protection Program

The chair of the House Tax Committee says the state is benefiting from nine billion dollars from the programs and it is looking to do more to protect small business owners.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota House Republicans are introducing new legislation that would prevent the state government from taxing money from the paycheck protection program. State Representative Paul Marquart of Dilworth says the bill may not even be needed after a talk with the Department Of Revenue. He says the department is clarifying guidelines on what can and cannot be…

MN Senate GOP Releases Tax Bill, Rep. Paul Marquart Responds

Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate have unveiled a tax bill they say will benefit all Minnesota taxpayers and provide tax cuts to half of them. The bill contrasts with proposals from Gov. Tim Walz and the House Democratic majority that would raise gasoline and other taxes. It includes a quarter–point income tax cut for middle–class taxpayers and would shelter…

Rep. Marquart of Dilworth To Chair MN House Taxes Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – DFL Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth will Chair the Minnesota House Taxes Committee for the 2019-2020 biennium. Democrats took over the lower chamber after flipping 18 seats, mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs, to have a 75-59 advantage over Republicans. “Our caucus and our chairs represent communities from all geographic areas of the state, from the Iron…

MN Gov. Dayton signs $1.4B bonding bill to fund construction projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP/KVRR) – Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $1.4 billion bonding bill Wednesday morning for construction projects around the state, despite some serious concerns. The bonding bill passed in the closing moments of the legislative session earlier this month. The bill borrows money and general obligation bonds to fund construction projects around the state. This year’s bill includes $825 million in…