It was a busy week filled with late nights on the floor of the House as we approved a number of omnibus finance bills.
Two bills in particular that I want to highlight are the transportation and health and human services bills.
The transportation bill builds on the successes of last year’s legislation that saw one of the largest investments in our state’s roads and bridges in history when not raising the gas tax.
Our supplemental transportation finance bill utilizes surplus funds leveraged with trunk highway bonds to spend $385 million on transportation needs this year.
Highlights from the bill include:
I am proud that we are keeping our commitment to the people of Minnesota by investing in our roads and bridges infrastructure without raising taxes.
Second, I wanted to highlight the health and human services omnibus bill. Health and human services (HHS) spending is the single largest component of the state budget and something that is in serious need of reforms to rein in costs.
Affordable health care and the well-being of Minnesotans will always be a top priority for myself as your elected representative. That’s why I am pleased to report that the main priorities of this year’s HHS bill focus on reducing health care costs, combatting the opioid epidemic, protecting vulnerable adults, and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of public health dollars.
Other highlights include:
Both bills represent strong negotiating positions with the Senate and Governor Dayton as we prepare to open conference committees and come to final agreement on legislation the governor will sign into law.
Staying in Touch
As always, if you have any questions regarding this legislation or any other matter of state government, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I can be contacted by phone at 651-296-4229 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and have a great weekend,