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MN Polar Vortex 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

So much for global warming! I hope you and your family stayed warm and safe this week during the cold snap!! We can only hope the reality of this week will be the final nail in the coffin of the false idea of human caused global warming pushed by those who seek to grow government regulations and taxes.

In other news, the January jobs report announced today showed the U.S. economy continued to steamroll ahead with new job creation much stronger than expected at 304,000 new jobs added! January's strong jobs report is nearly double what economists had expected and is the direct result of Republican policies to cut taxes and reduce government regulations.

Rep. Lucero and other pro-life House and Senate legislators Thursday this week in the Capitol at a press conference showing support for the most innocent among us still in the womb.

STANDING FOR THE CAUSE OF LIFE

I’m proud to stand for the truth of life in the womb and defend the most innocent among us! Unfortunately, truth is not shared by all.

The last several days have borne witness to the State of New York passing a new law permitting abortion through the third trimester right up to the moment of birth with virtually no restrictions. It was disgusting watching supporters gleefully smiling and clapping while they surrounded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he signed the bill into law. It was announced earlier this week the Virginia Legislature is currently considering similar legislation. During a disturbing radio interview, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam displayed his moral decay as he detailed his support for a bill to permit infanticide (killing of a newborn baby after birth).

My colleague, pro-life legislators and I continue to work hard ensuring such depravity does not become law in Minnesota. I’m proud to co-author HF 271, a fetal heartbeat bill aimed at protecting the unborn by effectively banning abortions when a heartbeat is detected, except in the case of an emergency.

Attorney General Keith Ellison prevented from speaking this week in the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

DEMOCRATS ATTEMPT TO BREAK THEIR OWN RULES

Democrats campaigned on increasing transparency in the legislative process but instead have broken their promises on numerous occasions this legislative session. The latest example of Democrat broken promises came this week in the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

Rules established by the Democrat majority include publishing the committee agenda for each meeting at least three days in advance thus giving the public an opportunity to review and make scheduling plans to attend any committee meeting if desired. But, at 1:55 AM the same day the committee was scheduled to meet, Democrats unscrupulously added Attorney General Keith Ellison to the agenda to testify.

Republicans called shenanigans to the Democrat attempt to break their own rules and deny Minnesotans open and transparent government. Democrats were forced to table Attorney General Ellison’s testimony and hold for a future date.

Rep. Lucero with Hanover Mayor Chris Kauffman and Dayton Mayor Tim McNeil attending the State of the Cities Luncheon this week in Otsego.

TAX HIKES FOR PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Democrats seek to mandate paid family leave through the creation of a massive, expensive, new government IT program that will increase payroll taxes on every employee and employer in the state of Minnesota. We’ve witnessed the massive failures and felt the pain inflicted by other government IT initiatives such as MNsure (government run health care website) and MNLARS (government driver’s license and vehicle registration database). The bill introduced by Democrats will likely require hundreds of millions of dollars in startup costs.

Democrats should heed the very wise words of former President Ronald Reagan, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Free market solutions including health savings accounts for sick/family leave benefits and tax cuts to foster a more competitive business climate in Minnesota are the most effective ways to improve Minnesota without a government program.

Rep. Lucero and Sen. Kiffmeyer meeting with constituents at town halls last weekend in each Otsego, Albertville, Hanover, and St. Michael.

STAYING IN TOUCH

Each and every day I’m continuously humbled at the opportunity to represent and fight for the values and priorities of our great community!

Please contact me to share any issues, concerns, or feedback you have to assist me best represent you. The best way to reach me is by email at Rep.Eric.Lucero@House.MN or by phone at 651-296-1534.

Sincerely,
Eric Lucero

State Representative
District 30B
Albertville, Hanover, Otsego, Saint Michael, and the Wright County portion of Dayton

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