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2022 Session is in the History Books

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This coming Monday is Memorial Day, where we mourn and remember all who gave their life while serving in the United States armed forces. I will be attending several Memorial Day services around our community on Monday and I hope to see you there as we pay our respects for those who died so we can be free.

Lucero

Rep. Lucero attending the Memorial Day Honor Guard ceremony last year in Saint Michael.

LEGISLATURE IS ADJOURNED

Both the House and Senate adjourned Monday this week as required by the MN Constitution. While state government is fully funded and nothing “needed” to pass, there are several top priorities I was fighting for this session that frustratingly failed to come together, including:

  1. Eliminate the budget surplus by enacting massive, permanent tax cuts, including eliminating the tax on social security, to combat the price explosion for gas, groceries, and more due to the Biden-Walz inflation.
  2. Ensure public safety against the soaring crimewave under Walz and support our demoralized law enforcement professionals against those who seek to defund the police.
  3. Protect medical freedom and individual choice against abusive government and employer mandates by enacting a vaccine recipient bill of rights and a prohibition on vaccine passports.
  4. Fix the broken K-12 state funding formula to bring relief and funding equality to schools in our community.
  5. Strengthen parental authority and educational transparency over their children’s academics.
  6. Enact needed reforms to ensure election integrity.
  7. Defend innocent life in the womb.
  8. Preserve the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
  9. Increase for the incredibly low-paying salaries/reimbursements professionals working in disability services receive who assist individuals with disabilities and vulnerable adults achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Despite not passing in the recently concluded session, I’m not giving up. I am 100% committed to continuing the fight for the values and priorities of our great community in a special session or when the Legislature returns next year.

VIOLENCE

Evil continues to target innocence and murderous evildoers taking innocent life is absolutely tragic. We mourn as a country, state, and community and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who lost loved ones.

In my ongoing conversations, the overwhelming feedback I continue to receive from people around our community and state is the critical need to focus on the contributing factors which influence murderous evildoers. Hollywood, broadcast, and streaming television continue to glorify violence creating a desensitization and callous disregard toward the preciousness of human life. Some in society feel a strong sense of hopelessness and unfortunately too often differences and division are emphasized by many in media, academics, and other institutions. Callousness, hopelessness, and anger are a lethal combination.

A narrative is being pushed by some that gun violence is a mental health issue. I don’t agree with blaming mass shootings on mental illness. An opinion piece discussing this topic in the Star Tribune titled Don't blame mental illness for every mass shooting, originally printed in the Los Angeles Times, can be found at the following link here. Violence is not the product of mental illness but rather the product of broken morality. We must remember the truth spoken by one of our founding father John Adams: Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

It continues to be my commitment to focus on the fact we are one race (the human race), foster a culture that celebrates life and unity, and protect our constitutional liberties. Our efforts must be to cultivate respect and value for others. Ending violence begins by changing hearts and minds, not passing more laws. Let us persevere and return our country to the traditional values of unalienable, God-given rights. This is the path for us to become stronger, better, and prevent future tragedies. By God’s grace and with His help I believe it is possible. We must do this for ourselves and for our children.

Lucero

"It was exciting attending the recent ribbon cutting for Boyer Trucks at their new location in Saint Michael right off I-94 and Hwy 241 as we continue working hard bringing economic growth to our great community," said State Rep. Eric Lucero. "Mayor Keith Wettschreck and I had the opportunity to meet the owner, the general manager, and the great staff!"

FINAL REGULAR EMAIL UPDATE

With Memorial Day being the unofficial start of summer in Minnesota and with the Legislature having adjourned, this will be the last of my regular email update from the Capitol. It continues to be my humble honor to serve our community and over the next several weeks and months, I will periodically send updates on special events or news.

In the meantime, I wish you and your family a very enjoyable summer!

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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