Happy New Year! With 2011 finally here, lawmakers recently took part in “Opening Day” ceremonies at the State Capitol. We’ve received our new offices, committee assignments, and seats on the House floor, and now we are ready to get back to work!
Opening Day is quite ceremonial. Along with taking our oath of office, we also elect a Speaker of the House for the next two years and pass several resolutions. It is difficult not to get goose bumps as you realize what an honor it is to serve on behalf of the people of your district. It is a privilege I take very seriously.
As far as my committee assignments, I was recently named as the Vice Chair of the Civil Law Committee. I will also serve on the Capital Investment, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance and Taxes committees.
This New Year also brings new challenges, as Republicans are now in control of the Minnesota Legislature. I am confident we will create good legislation for the State of Minnesota, and look forward to the opportunity.
Speaking of legislation, I am once again offering the chance for my constituents to keep track of the capitol happenings in St. Paul by offering email updates. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please visit my House website at www.house.mn/28B and click on “Email Updates” to sign up. These messages will keep you updated on legislative events during the session, and you can remove your name from the list anytime by responding to an address on the end of the message. If you were signed up for this service last year, you do not need to sign up again. If not, I hope you will take a moment to join.
Minnesota state government is projected to see revenue increase by 5% this next biennium, but the appetite for government is for 27% more dollars than the current biennium. With the job of taming that appetite to match the resources available, I expect this legislative session will be very interesting. But I will keep the values and opinions of my district as my top priority as I begin working in the State Legislature. As the session progresses, please feel free to contact me with your comments, questions, and concerns. And again, thank you for giving me the privilege to serve as your state representative.