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Legislative Update - August 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you and your family continue to enjoy summer as it flies by us. This weekend, the highly anticipated Grand Opening of the Minnesota State Capitol will take place in St. Paul. Over the course of the three day celebration – from Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13 – there will be something for everyone. The agenda includes musical performances, a Kid Zone, Capitol tours, discussion panels, a Prince dance party, a craft beer tasting, and fireworks. Nearly all the events are absolutely free to attend.

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Following a four-year restoration, the Capitol reopened to the public earlier this year, and the work is stunning. Art was restored with breathtaking detail, repairs were made to the marble exterior and the Quadriga (golden horses on the roof), accessibility has been improved to allow all Minnesotans to enjoy the building, many public spaces were expanded, and safety, energy, and technology upgrades were added. Our State Capitol is truly “the People’s House” and the wonderful work to restore it to its former glory deserves to be celebrated. I hope you can attend the festivities this weekend. More information, including a full schedule of events can be found online here.

Property Tax Refund

If you haven’t yet done so, don’t forget to apply for the Homestead Credit Refund (for homeowners) or the Renter’s Property Tax Refund. Time is running out; the deadline to apply is next Tuesday, August 15. If you’re eligible, the size of the refund depends on your property taxes relative to your income.

For more information, click here.

Be sure to keep contacting me with your ideas, questions, and input, or if I can ever be of assistance. It’s an honor to represent you in St. Paul.


Erin Koegel

State Representative

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