Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I would like to thank everyone who participated in my 2015 Legislative Survey. Your input about issues being debated at the Capitol is important to me, and I appreciate your feedback.
Here are the results:
Governor Dayton and the Senate DFL majority have proposed adding a 6.5% sales tax to fuel sales to fund transportation projects. Do you support this proposal?
Do you believe state funding for nursing homes and long-term care programs for seniors and the disabled should be:
Kept the Same 37.3%
The February forecast showed that Minnesota is projected to have a $1.9 billion surplus for Minnesota's 2016-2017 budget. What should the legislature do with that money?
Increase Spending 8.1%
Return it to Taxpayers 48.7%
Keep it in the Reserves 37.2%
Do you support the funding and construction of the proposed Northern Lights Express (NLX Rail)?
Currently, in tight budgeting times school districts make layoff decisions based on teacher seniority. Some legislators are advocating for a reform that allows schools to also consider teacher effectiveness in those decisions. Do you support making this change?
What mode of transportation do your normally use to get to work?
I drive myself 76.6%
I carpool 3.4%
I take the bus 0.53%
I take the light rail 0.00%
Do you support or oppose the federal court decision to prohibit hunting of gray wolves?
From your perspective, what is the best way to grow jobs in Minnesota?
Increase state funding for construction projects across Minnesota 7%
Pass tax relief and incentives to encourage business growth and job creation 31%
Limit state spending to the amount of revenue taken in and slow government growth 21%
Use surplus funds to offer income tax relief to taxpayers can keep more of their hard-earned money 7%
Raise taxes and increase spending on state programs 0%
Increase education funding and focus on workforce development 11%
Combination of the above 21%
Once again, thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with me! It's an honor to represent you in the Minnesota House, and I will continue to fight for the people and priorities of District 32A in the legislature.
As always, if you have any questions or comments on legislative issues, I welcome you to contact my office.
Have a wonderful weekend.