The 2017 legislative session concluded on May 26th, and there are a number of changes residents in our community should be aware of as a result.
This year, much of the Legislature's focus was on passing a state budget in order to fund education, health care, transportation, and core government functions over the next two years. Governor Dayton and legislators of both parties worked to reach compromise on a budget package that will improve economic opportunity for all Minnesotans. There were successes and disappointments, but that is the nature of compromise. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2017 Legislature in regular and special sessions are available online from nonpartisan House Public Information Services at http://www.house.mn/newlaws/#/search/2017 .
For my part, I want to assure you that my priorities are unwavering. I am committed to: building a world class E-12 education system for all students; making college more affordable and reducing student debt; fostering an economy conducive to job creation; investing in our transportation infrastructure; protecting our state's natural resources; improving workplace conditions for employees; and ensuring that Minnesota's budget practices are structurally sound and fiscally prudent.
In striving to achieve those objectives, I am committed to working for the good of our community and our state. Minnesota is at its best when we all work together to promote economic fairness and put the interests of Minnesotans first.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts about the work of the Legislature this year. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve you in the Minnesota House of Representatives.