For more information contact: Mike Molzahn 651-296-1774
I hope the summer has been treating you well. It’s been a few rough weeks for our country and our state. It seems like every day we hear more bad news about events around the country. While I have a heavy heart each time I hear of tragedies and deaths, I’m heartened by the responses I’ve seen where we come together to peacefully share our sadness.
Today was the funeral for a very special colleague, Senator Jim Metzen. Jim was always a champion for Dakota County and the people of Minnesota. His absence at the Capitol will be felt deeply by those of us who serve you here.
A lot has been happening around the Capitol since my last update. Here is some information I would like to share with you about that:
Special Session Possible
Last Friday, negotiations between Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders regarding a possible special session restarted. It’s unfortunate we’re in this position, but as you know, the regular session adjourned in late May, but left a great deal of work unfinished for Minnesotans, including a tax bill – which included some really good provisions, such as a student loan tax credit, and increases to the working family and child and dependent care credits – a bonding bill, and a comprehensive transportation package. All parties involved – myself included – understand the urgency of wrapping up business like this, but a final conclusion is going to require give-and-take from all sides.
The tax bill passed both bodies of the Legislature during session, but was vetoed due to a $100 million error. We should easily be able to easily reconsider this in a special session. The bonding bill may require some more work, but I think we should be able to get to an agreement there, too.
These opportunities are too big to miss out on again, so I’m hopeful we can put election year posturing aside and get this work done. It appears any special session likely won’t happen until mid-August at the earliest. I’m more hopeful now than a few weeks ago that we can reach a compromise and get this done.
July 1 is the start of Minnesota’s Fiscal Year. As a result, many state programs will receive continued funding or increases for vital state services. August 1st is the day many new policy provisions become law.
A summary of selected new laws that took effect July 1, 2016, can be accessed at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.
A complete summary of all laws passed by the 2016 Legislature is available online from the House Public Information Services Office at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.
This will be my last update until after the November elections. There is a state law that prohibits a legislator from using state resources to proactively send out information to constituents. I still, however, can respond to e-mails, letters or phone calls sent to me by constituents. I can also attend any community events, tour your business or organization and would be happy to do so.
So please, don’t hesitate to contact me with any issues, questions, concerns or events. I look forward to visiting with you in person over the coming months.
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