We’re approaching the end of session, and it’s time to pass our major bills to help our state. I wanted to send you a quick update from this week, as well as a look ahead.
Yesterday, Senate Democrats tried to pass a massive $1.8 billion bonding bill. Thankfully, almost all the Republicans in the Senate stood firm to oppose the giant proposal. This is a bloated amount, and frankly isn’t reasonable to put borrowing on the backs of hardworking taxpayers in order to fund “wants” not “needs”. The House is working on a more sensible bonding proposal to fund only the critical infrastructure projects of greatest need. The DFL may feel like this is “free money”, but you and I feel differently.
In the final two weeks of the legislative session, we’ll see where our elected officials’ priorities lie. For me, I want us to focus on a long-term plan to fund roads and bridges, and provide tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans. With a $900 million surplus, there’s no excuse for Democrats to call for an increase in the gas tax. We can improve and expand our roads and bridges AND provide tax relief without impacting your family’s budget.
Chaplain of the Day
Yesterday, Dr. Joel Wiggins was the chaplain of the day at the House of Representatives. Dr. Wiggins is the President of Crown College in our area; he did a great job! If you want, I have a clip of Dr. Wiggins’ introduction prayer here.
Please Contact Me
As you know, the session will soon be over. We must adjourn on or before May 23, but there’s still lots left to discuss. Like I always say, I’m in St. Paul to listen and serve you. If you have a question or suggestion about any topic we’re debating, please contact my office.
Also, happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in your life. Daily I’m thankful for my mom, Lois, and my wife, Kim.
Enjoy your weekend, and happy Mother’s Day,