We are open for business once again at the State Capitol. The 2017 Legislative Session began on January 3, and after all 133 members took their oath of office we elected our House Speaker for the next two years, appointed some non-partisan House staffers to their official capacities, and established some temporary House rules.
As always, I remain humbled by your support and am extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve you.
In the coming months, most of our legislative business will take place in House Committees. Along with being named chairman of the Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division, I will also serve on the Taxes, Transportation Finance, and Ways and Means committees.
But the bulk of my time will once again be spent seeking ways to make your property taxes more affordable. I was proud of the work our committee accomplished last year. We approved proposals that would have assisted farmers who have been unfairly burdened by school bond construction bond decisions over the years, as well as small business owners throughout Minnesota. We also approved the Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act which would give voters the opportunity to respond to a local government that they believe is being out of touch or fiscally irresponsible with their property tax dollars.
Ultimately, no tax relief proposal, other than a break for our veterans, became law last session because of Governor Dayton’s political games. You have my assurance that I will fight for these tax relief proposals – and many others – as session moves forward. My goal on this topic is very clear: I want you to keep more of what you earn.
Besides a tax relief debate, expect discussion on repealing MNSure and reintroducing market forces into health care in Minnesota.
Throughout this session I encourage you to contact me at any time with your questions, concerns, or comments. You can call me at 651-296-2273, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a letter to 591 State Office Building, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.
Once again, thank you for the allowing me to serve as your voice at the State Capitol.