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2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS UNDERWAY
ST. PAUL - The 2018 Legislative Session has begun, and State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said there is much to accomplish over the next twelve weeks.
“With $650 million in tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans and the largest investment in roads and bridges in a decade without, last year’s session was one of the most successful during my time in the Minnesota House,” Gunther said. “That said, we have plenty to do in 2018.”
Gunther said federal tax conformity will be hotly contested. Taxpayers won't feel the impacts of the proposal until 2019, but action is needed before Minnesotans file their taxes next year. Conforming to the federal tax code as-is would cause Minnesota to experience an increase in tax revenue, so lawmakers will need to take steps to ensure this increased tax revenue is returned to taxpayers to prevent widespread tax increases.
A capital investment proposal that funds needed construction projects across Minnesota will also be debated. Last session, the Legislature approved a $987 million proposal that focused heavily on infrastructure and transportation needs, but Gunther believes a similar bill is likely.
In addition, Gunther says he plans to continue working on legislation that strengthens economic development, growth, and new jobs in southern Minnesota, including affordable workforce housing.
“There will likely be many other topics debated at the Capitol over the next three months, and I strongly encourage residents to share their thoughts with me on any legislative issue,” Gunther said.
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