Hello friends and neighbors,
Last week, Governor Dayton signed the budget into law, putting an official end to the 2017 Legislative Session.
I have spent the last few days hosting multiple town halls within the communities throughout our district, providing detail and answering questions regarding the results of this session. I have heard from some folks who were wondering if the budget is not complete due to the Governor’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s operating funding. To clarify: the budget IS complete; the legislative funding issue will be resolved separately.
I am very proud of what was accomplished this session and I would like to highlight some of what was done:
Breakdown of the Budget:
Taxes: The tax bill provides $650 million in tax relief over the next two years (2018-2019) and $790 million in 2020-2021; the largest tax relief package in almost 20 years!
The tax bill also provides a $15 million statewide increase for Local Government Aid (LGA) and a $25.5 million statewide increase for County Program Aid (CPA) to help local governments pay for essential services.
CPA funding increases:
Transportation: The transportation budget prioritizes Greater Minnesota’s need of road and bridge repairs and improvements responsibly by using existing transportation-related revenue sources. In the next two years alone, an additional $300 million will be invested in the state’s transportation infrastructure with an additional $16 million for small cities’ road projects. Also, through the creation of a new local bridge account, 97 bridges will either be repaired or replaced statewide. Altogether, this is the largest investment in our roads and bridges in state history without raising taxes.
Increased County State Aid Highway funding over the next 4 years:
Increased Municipal State Aid Street funding over the next 4 years:
Estimated Small Cities Assistance funding over the next 2 years:
Education: The K12 education budget invests an additional $1.3 billion in our students.
District funding increases:
The bill also makes some significant reforms:
Bonding Projects: I was able to secure funding within the bonding bill for some very important projects in need of completion within our community:
Buffer Reforms: The following changes were made to the buffer law in order to make it more workable for farmers and landowners:
Stay In Touch:
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding anything related to state government, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-8635.
I appreciate your comments and concerns as it helps me be a better representative.