As I am sure you have heard, Governor Dayton experienced a bit of a health scare earlier in the week while delivering his State of State address on Monday. He then announced to the media the next day that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Please join me in keeping the Governor and his family in your prayers.
Governor’s Budget Proposal:
Earlier this week, Governor Dayton released his budget proposal for the next two years. I was disappointed to see $1.6 billion in higher taxes and only $125 million in tax relief. I believe that in a time when the state is experiencing a $1.4 billion surplus, we do not need to increase taxes on Minnesotans. I also find it to be fiscally irresponsible to ask Minnesotans to pay more in gasoline taxes when there are existing dollars that can be spent to improve/repair our roads and bridges.
Final Passage of Senate File 1 (Premium Relief):
On Thursday afternoon, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the conference committee report for Senate File 1, and by Thursday evening it was signed by the Governor. The bill provides a 25% premium reduction to Minnesotans who do not qualify for MNsure tax credits on the individual market, and includes key reforms to preserve care for those receiving life-saving treatments and increase competition and consumer choice moving forward.
Some of the reforms in this bill include:
I am currently working on getting a bill drafted that addresses regulations regarding the sale of tax forfeited land. This bill would give counties the authority to decide if they want to sell the land or not.
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-9918, or firstname.lastname@example.org.