The 2019 legislative session came to a close last Saturday morning following the completion of a one-day special session. Unfortunately, a special session was needed to pass the budget bills negotiated by the Senate Majority Leader, House Speaker, and Governor Walz.
Democrats’ obsession with raising taxes by more than $12 billion is essentially what forced the special session.
Thankfully, when all was said and done, House and Senate Republicans were successful in defeating most of the Democrats’ extreme tax increases.
Despite our success defeating the 70% gas tax increase and a whole host of other tax increases, I am nevertheless disappointed that the final budget agreement raises health care taxes on Minnesotans via reinstatement of the “sick” tax.
Other things that I would consider “wins” from this year’s legislative session include:
With his first session in the books, it's clear that Governor Walz failed to live up to his "one" Minnesota slogan. I will continue to fight for the good folks of western Minnesota and ensure that the voice of Greater Minnesota is well represented in St. Paul.
While session may be over for the year, my job as your state representative does not end. Please continue to reach out to me with any thoughts, concerns, or questions you may have regarding state government. I can be reached on my office number at 651-296-4929 or my cell phone at 701-361-1909. You can also reach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via U.S. Mail at 203 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.
It is an honor serving you and your family in St. Paul!
Have a great weekend,