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State of the State response; local town hall meetings scheduled

Friday, February 11, 2011
By Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen It’s been another busy week at the Capitol. We passed some key bills and also hosted Gov. Mark Dayton as he delivered his State of the State Address from the House floor. The governor spent most of his time talking about where he wants to spend money, but provided little in terms of how he'll pay for that and simultaneously erase our budget shortfall. We'll learn a lot more about the details of Dayton’s plan next week when he unveils his budget proposal. We know he’s going to push tax increases, we’re just waiting to find out how many Minnesotans will get whacked and how big the price tag will be. I wholeheartedly disagree with taxing our small businesses and entrepreneurs to support government growth, especially since these are the people who will lead our economy back to prosperity. Taxing these folks is counter-productive to our goals of helping Minnesotans get back to work and showing Minnesota is once again open for business. It was good the governor showed support for House File 1, a bill we just approved in order to streamline our cumbersome process for business permits and environmental review. I hope we can use areas like this as a building block to jump-starting our economy and growing new jobs. Other bills we passed this week will allow alternative licensure pathways for teachers (SF 40), and also eliminate nearly $1 billion from our $6.2 billion budget shortfall (HF 130). The governor vetoed the latter Thursday, so it's back to the drawing board with that one. Your thoughts on the issues would be greatly appreciated and I’ve set up a series of seven town hall meetings throughout the district so we can talk face-to-face. The meetings will be casual and there’s no need to RSVP. Here is the complete schedule: Saturday, Feb. 19: 9 – 9:45 a.m., New Auburn City Hall (8308 Eighth Ave.) 10:15 – 11 a.m., Green Isle Community Room (390 Parnell St.) 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Bittersweet Coffee/Gifts, Henderson (522 Main St.) 12:45 – 1:30 p.m., Arlington Haus, Arlington (147 W. Main St.) Saturday, March 5 9 – 9:45 a.m., The Branch, LeSueur (206 Valley Green Square) 10:15 – 11 a.m., Hilltop Hall, Montgomery (201 First St. S.) 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Schumacher’s, New Prague (212 Main St. W.) Hope to see you there, Glenn
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