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Legislative Update - February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

We’re nearing the end of our second week back at the Capitol. The past several days have been filled with constituent, advocate, and committee meetings.

For all of you who have already shared your thoughts and concerns with me, thank you! It’s a vital part in helping me represent you and your neighbors in St. Paul.

Budget Surplus

On Wednesday, Minnesota Management and Budget released its February economic forecast, showing a $329 million surplus for the 2018-2019 biennium. This marks a turnaround from late last year – which projected a deficit – fueled by Congress reauthorizing funding for children’s health care.

The surplus is good news but I’ll be focusing on smart, responsible investments instead of huge expenditures like the corporate tax giveaways passed last spring.

Looking ahead, we must protect the investments that make Minnesota work for everyone.

Too Much Junk Mail?

The average household receives 70 POUNDS of unwanted mail every year. Here are some ways to reduce the amount of junk mail sent to you.

Opt out of preapproved credit offers at

Remove your address from mail coupon services like Redplum and Valpak. For Redplum visit and search “remove address.” For Valpak visit and click “address removal” at bottom of page.

Decline to receive a yellow pages book at

Please continue to send your feedback, ideas, and input to me throughout the session and beyond.


Erin Koegel

State Representative

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