Monday was "Veterans Day on the Hill;" it was amazing to have so many heroes at the Capitol. Thank you to those who have served our country!
This week, I met with some of our local teachers to discuss education issues that are important to our community.
The Chair of the 8th Congressional District GOP: Ted Lovdahl and his wife, Marie, were at the Capitol to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the Lovedahls!
Thursday was National Puppy Day and we were lucky enough to be visited by a cohort of puppies at the Capitol!
This week, House Republicans laid out their budget proposal for the next two years; it includes an additional $1.1 billion for our schools, a new plan to fund transportation projects, and a tax relief initiative.
The transportation plan that was introduced invests $6 billion over the next decade, with $2 billion being spent in the next two years alone, without raising the gas tax. I believe that with a $1.6 billion surplus, the Governor and lawmakers should not be proposing to raise your taxes. The bill would be funded through bonds and a re-appropriation of auto-related taxes to be spent exclusively on transportation projects. This bill is a comprehensive and straightforward approach to funding future projects, and I am hopeful for a positive reception from Governor Dayton.
Some key provisions in the bill that benefit Greater Minnesota:
The tax relief bill that was proposed reduces taxes for Minnesotans by more than $1.35 billion over the next two years.
Some of the bill’s highlights:
These bills are currently working their way through the committee process and will be heading to the floor of the House for a vote of the entire body in the near future.
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