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The 2017 Legislative Session came to an official ending last Tuesday evening when the Governor signed the Legislature’s proposed budget into law.
While I am disappointed that neither my bill to increase penalties for those who intentionally block a freeway, an airport, or the light rail train, nor my bill to reform solitary confinement within our prison system were not included in the final budget, this was a very productive session and I proud of what was accomplished.
Breakdown of the Budget:
Taxes: The tax bill provides $650 million in middle class tax relief over the next two years (2018-2019) and $790 million in 2020-2021; the largest tax relief package in nearly 2 decades.
The tax bill also provides a $15 million statewide increase for Local Government Aid and a $25.5 million statewide increase for County Program Aid to help local governments pay for essential services.
Transportation: The transportation budget prioritizes the state’s need of road and bridge repairs and improvements responsibly by using existing funds from auto-related revenue sources. In the next two years alone, an additional $300 million will be devoted to the state’s transportation infrastructure; this is will be the largest investment in our roads and bridges in state history without raising the gas tax.
Education: The K12 education budget invests an additional $1.3 billion in our students, as well as make some significant reforms:
Funding Increase by District:
Sherburne County Law Library: I authored a bill this session that would allow the Sherburne County Law Library to use funds collected through user fees in order to furnish its space during the expansion and renovation of the Sherburne Government Center. While this bill was originally vetoed by the Governor, it was later amended into a section of the budget and ultimately signed into law. This legislation, now law, will serve as an effective self-investment tool for our law library.
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-4237, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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