Hello, friends! It’s a new week, and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the recent activities here at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Miller Time tonight @ 7:00 pm
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Rural Finance Authority
On Wednesday, February 19th, the Minnesota House of Representatives met in the House Chamber for a regular session. During this session, a motion was made to take up a bill from Rep. Jean Poppe, a Democrat from Austin, MN. Rep. Poppe’s bill would allocate $50 million dollars to the Rural Finance Authority (RFA). This money would then be used to make direct loans to farmers under the RFA’s loan programs.
I understand that this past season was particularly hard for farmers. State legislators in St. Paul have a responsibility to support the farmers and agricultural workers of Minnesota. As such, I voted in favor of this measure.
Unfortunately, the measure failed on a vote of 53-72. Despite the measure’s failure, I’m confident that this bill will come before the Minnesota House again before the legislative session ends in May. Furthermore, I’m hopeful that we will be able to pass this bill and give farmers the assistance they deserve.
I wanted to take a moment and discuss two of the bills I have authored during this 91st session of the Minnesota Legislature.
HF 0271 – This bill would prohibit abortion when the heartbeat of a child is present. I am unapologetically pro-life. We need to introduce measures which will save the lives of the unborn. My bill would ensure that lives are saved, and the sanctity of life is respected.
HF 2847 – This bill would establish an income tax credit for parents who have dependent children. Additionally, this bill repeals the fraudulent Child-Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Annually, CCAP gives out roughly $250 million dollars in child care subsidies. However, a series of stories reported by investigative journalists revealed that tens of millions of dollars were wasted due to fraud. For example, a news story by Fox 9 estimated that fraud in CCAP could be as high as $100 million dollars. Obviously, this program is rife with mismanagement and corruption. These are your tax dollars; they should not be wasted. As such, I wrote the bill to shut down these fraudulent activities and stop the waste.
If you visit the Capitol in St. Paul, please drop by and say hello! If you know a date you will be in town, please call or email my Legislative Assistant, Luke, and he will get you on the calendar. His number is 651-296-9183 or Luke.Sprinkel@house.mn Call me anytime with questions or concerns. God bless and have a great week!