I hope everyone was able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the past weekend. The legislature was recessed last week for Easter and Passover. We are back at the Capitol tomorrow where House and Senate Majorities will be working on budget compromise bills to send to Governor Dayton for consideration. In order to finish session on time, the legislature must adjourn by May 22nd.
Minnesota has a $1.6 billion budget surplus and a stable economy. Unfortunately, the majority is choosing to prioritize tax cuts for corporations and the rich and well-connected instead of investing in the areas that have made Minnesota’s economy strong.
Here is a summary of some of the major budget bills passed this session:
Civics 101 Community Forum
I will be joining Rep. Keith Ellison, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris, County Commissioner Linda Higgins and Rep. Peggy Flanagan for a discussion on civic engagement, what services are available to you as a Minnesotan, and different ways to involve yourself with local, state, and national government. The forum is Wednesday, April 19th starting at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis, MN 5542. You can find more details by clicking here.
Last week I joined Rep. David Bly, Rep. Rick Hansen, Rep. Fue Lee, and Rep. Tina Liebling at the Lanesboro Dam to highlight the need for a statewide bonding bill. With mere weeks left in the legislative session, the majority has yet to put forward a bonding bill for infrastructure projects across Minnesota, including the Lanesboro Dam where you can literally see the leaks in the dam.
Last year, the majority waited until the final hours of the legislative session to unveil their billion dollar bonding package which failed in a chaotic end of session. Without action on a bonding bill this year, the costs for infrastructure projects across Minnesota continue to increase. While interest rates remain low and Minnesota continues to have a AAA credit rating, delaying longer will continue to increase costs and drive up future obligations.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.