Minnesota House of Representatives


State Representative Anna Wills

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Posted: Mar 25 2013 4:40PM
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News from Representative Wills 03-25-2013

Dear Friends,

Thanks to the many of you who took time out of your busy schedules to attend Saturday's Town Hall meeting in Rosemount. It was an honor for Senator Clausen and me to answer your questions and hear your thoughts on what has been going on at the Capitol.

If you weren't able to attend, or weren't able to have your question answered at the Town Hall, I hope you'll either call or email my office by calling 651-296-4306 or emailing rep.anna.wills@house.mn.


New Tax Proposals

As the session continues, we have a number of new proposals to raise revenue. I want to get your feedback on three recent proposals making their way through the committee process.

The three proposals are:

Snack tax, which would extend the sales tax to small snack-size items such as cookies, chips, and other snack items.

Wheelage Tax, which would allow all 87 counties to levy an up to $20 fee added to license tab purchases.

Metro Sales Tax, which would raise the Metro sales tax by a half cent to pay for transit investments such as buses and light rail.

What do you think about these proposals? I want to hear from you if you think this is the right way to be generating state revenue.

Zoo Bill

My bill HF757 to allow the Minnesota Zoo to take in animals, such as orphaned moose calves, received its second committee hearing in the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee last week.

Special thanks to Lee Ehmke, the CEO and Director of the Minnesota Zoo, who came to testify in support of the bill. The bill was passed on to the Rules Committee so it is able to meet certain committee deadline requirements.


Last Week

There were a number of great events and visiting groups at the Capitol Last week.

The Minnesota Zoo had their annual Zoo Day at the Capitol. They brought a number of unique animals for legislators and other visitors to see.

I had several visitors from the Muslim Community who stopped in as part of Muslim Day at the Capitol.

On Friday I toured the SKB Environmental facility in Rosemount, and learned more about the work they do for industrial, construction, and demolition waste disposal.

I also had the chance to visit the Rosemount City Council to give a brief legislative update. I hope to visit the Apple Valley City Council this week during the Easter Break.

Since the legislature is on break, the best way to reach me this week will be via email. If you wish to call with your concerns, questions, or opinions, my legislative assistant will be available to take a message. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a great week,

Anna Wills
State Representative, District 57B

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