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Capitol Update from Rep. Tama Theis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Neighbors,

Here is an update from the Capitol.

Tax Relief for Minnesotans

Last week, the House fast tracked House File 6, a bill that offers $20 million in tax relief to homeowners, teachers and college students.

Conforming Minnesota’s tax code to the federal code, the Bush Tax Cuts extended at the end of 2014 will be available for every Minnesota tax filer ensuring that they will receive their largest possible refund without having to file an amended return.

Folks are already taxed too much in this state, and it’s great to see the legislature working on a bipartisan basis early in the 2015 session to give some of that money back to you.

Nursing Home Wages

On Wednesday, the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee heard from a number of nursing homes about the struggle to pay staff and how low wages lead to high turnover rates for quality staff. Those taking care of our elderly have a difficult job, and nursing home workers should be better compensated.

This will be a primary objective for our committee and House Republicans this session. Hopefully, as session ramps up, legislation regarding nursing home workers will advance through the committee process and make its way to Governor Dayton’s desk for signature.

As this legislative session gets underway, I welcome your input on legislation and want to hear more about issues important to you. Please don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting, call my office or send me an email. I am here to serve you!

It’s an honor to be your voice at the Capitol.