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Legislative Update - March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

With spring just around the corner, legislative action is also heating up at the Capitol. With a shorter than usual legislative session, the first committee deadline is approaching on March 22. While a lot is changing outside, there’s a lot changing at the Capitol too. Here’s an update on what’s been going on:

Veterans Day on the Hill

Thanks to everyone who visited the Capitol on Monday for Veterans Day on the Hill. This year’s focus was on helping surviving spouses keep their homes, stopping predatory lending against veterans’ benefits, and increasing access to the outdoors for disabled vets. It was great to see so many Veterans and advocates working to make sure their voices are heard.

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Dayton’s Final State of the State

On Wednesday night, Governor Dayton gave his final State of the State address. The speech was a reminder that when we invest in Minnesotans and build on what we value as a state, we can achieve a whole lot. In the past eight years we’ve gone from deficits and borrowing money from our schools to surpluses and record investments that have made Minnesota the best state in the country.

#1 Best Run State

USA Today

#1 Best State to Retire


#1 Best State for Women

Wallet Hub

#2 Best State for Families

Wallet Hub

#2 Strongest State


#2 Best State Overall

U.S. News & World Report

#3 Best State for Business


#4 America’s Goals for 2030 State Report Card

Future Now

Every Minnesotan deserves an opportunity to succeed, and we can only make that a reality by continuing to invest in the things that make life better for all of us. As your voice at the Capitol, I’ll work to ensure everyone has access to a quality education, a job that rewards hard work with fair pay, world-class healthcare, and a secure retirement.

Protecting MN Seniors from Abuse

Last year, the Star Tribune published a series that detailed serious abuses, sexual assault, and other mistreatment going uninvestigated in Minnesota’s senior care facilities. After investigations by AARP and the Office of the Legislative Auditor, Governor Dayton joined legislators to announce a broad set of reforms and investments to hold providers guilty of abuse accountable and protect the health, safety, and dignity of seniors and vulnerable adults.

While significant changes have been made and the backlog of uninvestigated claims have been investigated, I’m committed to making sure we do everything we can to ensure this never happens again. Our seniors deserve to live with safety, security and dignity. We owe it to families to not delay and take action on meaningful fixes now.

Supplemental Budget

Today, Governor Dayton will release his supplemental budget proposal. In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will work through his proposal and come up with their own supplemental budget proposals. I’ll keep you updated as we work through the process.

Town Hall – March 27th

A reminder that the town hall meeting I am hosting with State Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL - Golden Valley) and Sen. Ann H. Rest (DFL – New Hope) is on Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Drive N, Crystal, MN 55429). You are encouraged to attend with their questions and concerns about the 2018 legislative session. All are welcome.

Keep in Touch!

It is an honor to represent you at the Capitol, and I encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns at or 651-296-4255.


Lyndon Carlson

State Representative

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