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Key bills advancing through House

Friday, February 11, 2011
Friends- It was a busy week at the Capitol, with the State of the State Address and some very important bills reaching the House floor. We passed one bill (HF 130) to erase $1 billion from our $6.2 billion budget shortfall, another bill (HF 1) to speed up the permitting process for businesses (HF 1) and still another (SF 40) to provide alternative pathways for teachers. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the bill to reduce our shortfall, so it's back to the drawing board with that one. The veto came Thursday, a day after the governor delivered his State of the State Address. He made a lot of spending promises that will difficult to deliver. He also reiterated his plans to increase taxes, something that would be damaging to many of our small-business owners and other successful individuals. I disagree with that tax-and-spend approach, especially since it runs counter to our goals of creating more jobs and making Minnesota a better place to set up shop. The governor didn’t provide details of his tax increases, but they will be included in his budget plan scheduled to be issued next week. I’ll follow up after I’ve had a chance to take a look at his proposal. Until then, Joe
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