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It's been another busy week at the Capitol. Read up on what we've been up to and have a great weekend!
Tax Conformity Bill Passes House
On Monday, April 30th, we passed bipartisan tax legislation on a vote of 90-38. The House tax proposal simplifies Minnesota’s tax code to fully benefit from federal tax reform and provide additional tax relief to middle-class Minnesotans.
This bill delivers the first income tax cut in nearly 20 years by reducing the second tier income tax rate and preserves many of the tax breaks Minnesota families use. We are committed to getting a tax conformity bill done this year so Minnesotans won't face headaches when they file their taxes next April. Without House Republican reforms, conforming to the federal tax code would cause almost 1 million filers to pay more.
As a result of House Republicans’ proposal, more than 2.1 million Minnesota filers will benefit from a tax cut in tax year 2018. Highlights include:
In contrast to House Republicans’ legislation to simplify and reduce taxes, an analysis conducted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue shows that tax changes proposed in Governor Dayton's supplemental budget would raise taxes on Minnesotans of every income level, and make Minnesota's tax code more regressive.
School Safety Proposal
Last week, we passed bipartisan education legislation on a vote of 94-29 that puts students first by prioritizing school and student safety, increases transparency in school finance and performance reporting, and helps prepare kids for a bright and successful future. As part of the School Safety Proposal, one of my bills to provide funding for School Resource Officer Training was included in the total package. Below is a quick interview with non-partisan House Public Information Services about this important proposal.
Public Safety Omnibus Bill
On Tuesday, May 1st, the House passed our Public Safety Omnibus bill. Our bill is first and foremost committed to keeping Minnesotans safe, and it accomplishes that goal through important policy changes and additional funding in key areas. In the bill, we protect law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, keeps Minnesota’s roads safe, cracks down on dangerous sex offenders, and devote more resources to protecting our children by increasing funding for the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Transportation Omnibus Bill
After our historic investment in transportation last year, all without raising taxes, we are once again prioritizing maintaining our roads and bridges - without forcing drivers to pay more at the pump. The Transportation Omnibus bill passed on Tuesday, May 1st, includes $250 million for highways statewide through Trunk Highway bonds; $145 million in Trunk Highway bonds and $10 million in cash for Corridors of Commerce program projects; $25 million for county roads, $6.6 million for city roads, $2 million for township roads; $7 million for Small Cities Assistance Program for cities under 5,000; $75 million for trunk highway-rail grade separation projects; and $9 million to deputy registrars for MNLARS reimbursement aid.
HHS Omnibus Bill
On Tuesday, May 1st, we passed the HHS Omnibus bill. It is focused on delivering affordable health care and improving the well-being of Minnesotans. The cornerstones of our bill are reducing health care costs, combatting the opioid epidemic, protecting vulnerable adults, and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of public health dollars. A key provision I co-authored was to reinstate funding to prevent the impending 7% cut to Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) rates. My bill to update the 2007 Homeless Youth Report was also included.
Supplemental Omnibus Bill
Meetings this Week
Rep. Wills visited District 196 Shannon Park Elementary and spoke with Principal Erik Davis about all of the great things happening at the school and what she's working on at the Capitol.
Rep. Wills toured Intermediate School District 917 and spoke with Principal Eric Van Brocklin about the amazing work they're doing to train students in career and technical fields.
Rep. Wills met with Marilyn, constituent Tessa, and Whitney who were advocating for increases to funding for school psychologists. Increased funding was part of the school safety proposal that passed last week.
Rep. Wills & Rep. Tony Jurgens met with a group of homeschool students on a Capitol tour.
Rep. Wills with constituent Gail at the National Day of Prayer at the Capitol.
District 196 Legislative Advisory Council Openings
The District 196 Legislative Advisory Council has openings for citizens and is accepting applications through May 11th for four at-large citizen positions. The purpose of the Legislative Advisory Council is to increase citizen participation in the legislative process and how they impact District 196. The council provides input on and advocate for the district's legislative priorities. Applications are available at www.District196.org or by calling 651-423-7775.
Help create a Market Fest
The City of Rosemount is looking for residents who are interested in serving on an informal Market Fest Committee. The Committee will work to bring a variety of vendors to a new weekend outdoor market in Rosemount. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.
Keep in Touch
Thank you to so many of you who have contacted my office so far this Session! I receive hundreds of emails weekly and value all of your feedback. Thank you also for your patience as I work to respond to each of you.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions, and concerns. Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-296-4306. Stay up to date with what I am up to at the legislature and around our community by following my updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repannawills.
Have a great weekend!
State Representative District 57B
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