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State Representative JoAnn Ward

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Posted: 2017-08-08
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Legislative Update

Legislative Update - August 8, 2017

Dear Neighbors


There are a few notes from the Capitol that I wanted to be sure to highlight for you.


Commissioner Frans to Hold “My Minnesota” Tour Stop in Woodbury

Tomorrow (Wednesday, August 9) Commissioner Myron Frans will be in Woodbury for the next stop on his My Minnesota tour. The My Minnesota tour offers Minnesotans the opportunity to provide feedback on what new investments the state could be looking at making. Commissioner Frans will also offer Minnesotans the chance to hear about where their tax dollars go and how the state’s budget directly impacts their local community. Ice cream will also be provided!


What: “My Minnesota” Tour

Who: Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans

Where: Edgewater Park, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125

When: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Upgrades to the Minnesota License and Registration System

Recently the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) upgraded a nearly 30-year-old system for issuing titles, license plates, and vehicle registrations (tabs). The new system has completed over 155,000 transactions during its first 5 days. But with any new system, there are wrinkles that need to be ironed out. Both DPS and DVS noticed some issues and are working to improve the processes. My family also experienced some of the challenges. If you have concerns about titles or vehicle tabs and specifically about completing an online transaction, completing a transaction in-person, if you mailed in a transaction in from July 14th – the July 31st, or if you think you should have received your title but you have yet to receive it please give me a call and I will do whatever I can to help.


Property Tax Refund

One goal I have every year is working to make sure as many people as possible file for the homestead credit refund or renters tax credit refund. For more details check look at this information from the Department of Revenue http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/Forms_and_Instructions/m1pr_inst_16.pdf . If you have any question please contact me!


Seeking Public Comments for Every Student Succeeds Act

After a lot of work by many groups the Every Student Succeeds Act Minnesota draft state plan is ready for public comment. Please visit the State Plan Public Comment page of the MDE website for information on how to provide feedback by clicking here. The public comment period ends August 31, 2017.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to represent you.




JoAnn Ward

State Representative

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