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State Representative Tim Mahoney

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Posted: 2017-05-23
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Legislative Update

Special Session Update - May 23, 2017


Dear Neighbors,

Minnesotans expect the legislature to get its work done on time, but that didn’t happen. After walking away from negotiations and wasting weeks passing bills they knew Governor Dayton would veto, it appears as if legislative Republicans are finally willing to negotiate with him in good faith.

Last night, legislative leaders and Governor Dayton agreed to broad terms for a special session, which started at 12:01 a.m. today and will go until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. All session I’ve worked for a budget that invests in the things our community values, such as education, transportation, a clean environment, and policies that ensure everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Republicans dug in their heels and demanded more than two-thirds of the budget surplus be used for giveaways to insurance companies, shifting money away from public schools to private ones, and other bad priorities like tax cuts for big tobacco, corporations, and the wealthy. When you contrast that with our priorities, it’s easy to see why we’re in a Special Session now.

I’m hopeful we’ll see legislative Republicans come around and put forward bills that invest in the things that make Minnesota a great place to live. We have 15 hours left and we haven’t seen anything yet, but I’ll keep you updated as I continue working for our community here at the Capitol.

SIncerely,

Tim

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