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March for Life & Bill to Defund Sanctuary Cities Introduced

Friday, January 25, 2019


Another busy week down in Saint Paul. Stay warm and have a great weekend! 

March for Life 

Tuesday, January 22 marked the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the United States Supreme Court. On Tuesday, thousands of pro-life supporters from across the state took part in a march at the State Capitol to show their support for the unborn. I was proud to join them and many of my constituents who also braved the cold weather to stand for life. 

The purpose of the march, which is organized by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) is to commemorate the lives lost to abortion and to call for renewed respect and protection for all members of the human family, including unborn children and their mothers. Click on either of the photos below to see a quick video from the march. 

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Bill to Defund Sanctuary Cities Introduced

Last Thursday, January 17, I introduced HF 117, a bill to remove state funding from sanctuary cities in Minnesota. The bill will strip cities who operate as sanctuaries for illegal immigrants of Local Government Aid. Local Government Aid (LGA) is a general purpose aid that can be used for any lawful expenditure. It is intended to be used for property tax relief. For all Minnesota cities, the state budgeted $534,398,012 for 2018 and $534,398,012 for 2019 for LGA.

We have laws for a reason and all units of government, from the Federal Government down to the smallest cities, should follow the law. It is appalling and quite unbelievable to have some of the largest cities flagrantly violating the laws of the United States. If people want immigration laws changed, there is a process for that. We cannot have entire cities openly defying laws.

The state is spending significant sums to assist local cities. We need to make sure the taxpayer dollars are being used for lawful purposes and to help the citizens and people in Minnesota legally.

A Senate version, SF 80 was also introduced by Senator Paul Utke.

Click on either of the quotes and photos below to voice your support or please email me your thoughts on this issue. 

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Stay in Touch

Please continue to stay in touch to share your thoughts or concerns. My phone number is 651-296-4265 or you can email me at

Have a great week and God Bless!