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It is omnibus bill season in St. Paul as the House approved its supplemental education finance omnibus bill last Thursday. With the passage of Thursday’s bill, it feels like we are entering the home stretch of the 2018 legislative session. As always, things get hectic in the final weeks here at the Capitol with long nights and early mornings. Despite the crazy schedule, it remains the honor of a lifetime to represent you and your family in St. Paul.
This year’s education omnibus bill focuses heavily on the issue of school safety. Following the shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, lawmakers, school officials and administrators, and other stakeholders have been discussing ways to improve school safety.
The conversations have been fruitful as our bill includes a number of initiatives that will ensure that Minnesota students are able to have a safe and secure educational experience. Our multifaceted approach gives school districts the flexibility to leverage the resources we are offering to tailor a plan that fits their specific needs.
This includes, expanding the use of long-term facilities maintenance revenue for facility security upgrades, strengthening the state’s commitment to school-linked mental health grants, supporting suicide prevention training for teachers, increasing funding for Safe Schools Revenue, and more.
Other highlights from the bill include:
House Approves Tax Conformity Bill
On Monday, the House passed its tax conformity plan, a plan that simplifies our tax code, lowers taxes for millions of Minnesotans, and ensures that as many Minnesotans as possible see the benefits of the federal tax law that was enacted last year.
More than 2.1 million Minnesotans will benefit from our plan. Here are some highlights:
Conversely, Governor Dayton’s plan would raise taxes on Minnesotans of all incomes. In fact, analysis from his Department of Revenue found that Minnesotans making $32,000 less would be hardest hit by his proposal. He has proposed reinstating more than $1 billion in health care tax increases and repealing tax reductions enacted last session.
Clearly, such a proposal would be dead-on-arrival in the House and I think the governor understands that.
I look forward continuing our work on this very important issue and will be keeping you updated on its progress as session continues.
Thank you to those of you that took time to visit St. Paul this week! It was great to meet with you and discuss issues that are important to you and our area.
That’s all for this week, as always, I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments regarding state government. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4333 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend,
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