The 2009 legislative session will soon be underway, and I look forward to a productive, challenging next few months as we tackle issues of importance to our community, including health care, property taxes, education, and transportation.
I am pleased to report that House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher reappointed me as Chair of the Finance Committee for the upcoming biennium. It is a great honor to serve as Chair of the Finance Committee and I appreciate the opportunity to work with my colleagues to address the issues most important to the constituents I represent. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I will work closely with the Chairs of the Finance Divisions to address the state’s budget crises in both the current fiscal year and the next biennium. This will require a close examination of the state budget and reprioritizing spending to ensure the state’s resources are well spent.
I have also been appointed to serve on the following House committees: Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes and Rules and Legislative Administration.
I remain committed to shielding our schools and higher education from cuts that impact the classroom, protecting our recently enacted health care reform that will improve care and provide long-term cost containment, and defending against layoffs whenever possible so the state is not adding to our unemployment rolls. I would also like to hear your ideas about how we can address the budget deficit. Please go to my website to fill out an online survey to share your perspective on what my priorities should be during the upcoming session. To fill out the survey, go to http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/survey/45B.asp.
Please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office, 479 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155;
e-mail me at Rep.Lyndon.Carlson@house.mn; or call me at 651-296-4255. I look forward to hearing from you.