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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Donald Raleigh

Friday, March 4, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

Happy March! The temperatures have started to warm up as it seems like we are officially past the frigid cold temperatures of January and February and slowly marching towards spring.

It’s been a busy time in St. Paul as committee work has swung into high gear where we are carefully considering legislation.

Here is a brief recap of the week.

New Budget Forecast

On Monday, Minnesota Management and Budget released the February budget forecast, showing a projected $9.25 billion surplus — up from the $7.75 billion surplus in the December forecast. 

A surplus of this size makes it clear that Minnesotans are overtaxed.

The goal of providing Minnesotans with real, long-term relief from overly burdensome taxes has long been a goal of mine and my fellow Republicans. We need to end the taxes on social security, and we must use the surplus to replenish the unemployment trust fund.

I have heard over and over again from our community that out-of-control inflation, soaring energy costs, and rising gas prices are causing hard-working families real harm.

The people of Minnesota are sick and tired of being overtaxed, and the idea that the legislature would even consider new taxes is just bad policy. We need to provide our communities with real solutions, not more empty promises. This surplus belongs to you, the hardworking people of Minnesota.

Public Safety


This week, I joined my House Republican colleagues in unveiling a package of proposals aimed at stemming the tide of rising crime in the Twin Cities metro area. The package focuses on three key areas; crime prevention and accountability for criminals; police recruitment and retention, and holding the criminal justice system accountable. 

I am proud to have two of my bills included in the package released on Tuesday:

  • Enhanced penalty when a criminal commits a crime with a stolen vehicle – House File 3374
  • Sentencing Guidelines Commission directed to do half-point grids – House File 3340

As a member of the House Public Safety Committee, I have been on the frontlines, fighting to improve safety and security in our neighborhoods. Every Minnesotan deserves to feel safe in their home, and I am committed to working with the brave men and women of law enforcement to make sure that Minnesota is a safe place for everyone.

Staying in Touch


It was great to meet with a local group of students involved in FFA! Reach out to me if you’d like to set up a time to visit me in St. Paul!

As always, I am happy to answer questions! You can reach me at or via phone at 651-296-2907.

Stay Strong and Stay Free!