For more information contact: Catherine Thompson 651-296-5499
Neighbors and Friends,
Tuesday, January 3rd was the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session in St. Paul. I was officially sworn in as the state representative for District 66A. I am honored and humbled to represent our community at the State Capitol. I am excited to get to work on your priorities and can assure you that I will work hard on bipartisan legislation to address our state’s problems.
Economic forecasts revealed early last month that our Minnesota economy continues to remain stable with a projected $1.4 billion budget surplus this year.
The budget forecast certainly is positive news - Minnesota’s economy is stable and it continues to grow and recover. However, there are clear areas where we have more work to do. The current rising costs of health insurance rates for individuals in the private market need immediate attention from the legislature. We also must come together to raise incomes and job opportunities for Minnesotans and make sure our economy is working for everyone.
This week, the governor unveiled a $1.5 billion bonding bill to help communities all over the state repair our failing infrastructure. Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, have little appetite for a large bonding bill, but I have met with the Speaker and believe there is some hope that we can craft a bill that will include needed projects.
Our state fiscal health is strong and I am positive that when we prioritize the basic needs of Minnesota families and work together across party lines, there is much we can accomplish this year. Minnesotans have done so much to position our state for success, and we can’t let them down.
Please contact me directly with any questions, comments, or concerns on any issue. I value your input. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-3824 or by email at email@example.com.
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