I hope you had a blessed Easter and a relaxing holiday weekend. The House is back in session and conference committees have been named. Conference Committees are made up of 5 State Representatives and 5 Senators. The committee’s job is to come to a compromise on the differing aspects of the House and Senate budget bills. After the conference committee finalizes the bill, it is then sent to the House and the Senate for a vote of each body before heading to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.
I have been appointed to serve on the conference committee for the Higher Education Omnibus Bill. I am honored to have been selected by the Speaker to serve on this conference committee. I am confident that the House Conferees, the Senate Conferees, and the Governor will be able to come to a compromise on the bill that benefits all affected parties and still be respectful of taxpayer dollars.
Governor Dayton said, while being interviewed on the radio earlier this week that he is likely to accept the Republican-sponsored transportation plan that invests $6 billion in road and bridge infrastructure over the next decade without raising any taxes. I am hopeful that he commits to this statement. In a time that the state is experiencing a $1.5 billion surplus, the Legislature and the Governor should prioritize using existing revenue versus raising taxes.
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-8237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.