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Legislative Update - July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

We all know summer in Minnesota is truly something special. I hope you can get out and enjoy some time with family and friends, and get to know our neighbors.

Explore Minnesota

As you plan summer travel, considering checking out Explore Minnesota for ideas. They have wonderful resources and great travel ideas in Rochester and all of Southeast Minnesota, and also in areas around the state you may be considering visiting.

Property Tax and Renters Credit

I want to remind everyone to apply for a property tax refund or renter’s credit before it is too late. Many Minnesotans qualify for this refund but many also forget to file.

The deadline to file for a property tax refund is August 15th. Take a few minutes and apply for your refund online at the Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Refund website.

New Laws

Several new laws went into effect on July 1st, which included licensing for athletic trainers, changes to the Taconite Economic Development Fund, adjustments to the legislative budget office, and personal claims against the state. You can read more about the new laws here.

Many more new laws will take effect on August 1st, dealing with  transporting agricultural commodities, child care, community food shelves, the state’s “move over law,” service animals, sex trafficking and the so-called “Safe Seniors Act.”  Read about the changes here.

Last Update

This is my last update until after the election. Legislators cannot use state resources for unsolicited communications during an election period because it might create an unfair advantage.

I’m still available to meet, help with state level problems, and discuss issues important to our community. So feel free to give my office a call or email me anytime.

Thank you

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community at the State Capitol. By working together, we can build a better future for all Minnesotans. That includes making health care accessible and affordable; guaranteeing our kids have a first-class education; making higher education and job training a reality for Minnesotans; and keeping our communities safe.

Sincerely,

Rep. Duane Sauke

 

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