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Help find Marc Welzant

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dear Friends,

I wanted to help get the word out about a missing man named Marc Welzant. Here is some information courtesy of WCCO, as well as a photo. If you know anything about this case, please contact Brainerd Police.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The family of a man missing for three months hopes a new reward will bring him home.Marc Welzant, 47, was last seen around 1:30PM, Sunday October 26 at the Clark Lake Group Home in Brainerd. Police say he wandered away from the home, was seen in a convenience store in the area and has not been seen since.

Welzant has Prader Willi Syndrome and is developmentally disabled. His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his return. Anyone who has seen Welzant, or has any information on his whereabouts, should call Brainerd Police at 218-829-2805.

GOP Transportation Plan

This week, Republicans released our long-term transportation proposal that invests $7 billion over ten years without increasing taxes.

Our plan would fund more than 15,500 lane miles of road repairs or replacements, and help repair or replace more than 330 bridges statewide. By using a small portion of the state's $1.869 billion surplus, bonding, and the sales tax already being collected on things like auto parts, rental cars, and vehicle leases, we can invest make the investments our state needs to ensure safe, well-maintained roads.
 
33 other states already use general fund money from sales taxes and other sources to pay for roads and bridges. This is a common sense approach for an issue most Minnesotans agree is a necessary and important function of state government. Many wonder why we aren't already using proceeds from the sales tax on auto parts, rental cars, and other automobile-related expenses to pay for road and bridge maintenance.
 
For the next several weeks, legislators will continue to debate the best path forward. If you agree with the Republican approach that uses existing funding instead of a gas tax increase, I hope you'll reach out to your elected officials and the Governor, and let them know that our common sense approach is one you support.
 
Have a great weekend,

Ron Kresha
State Representative, District 09B