Over the past 12 weeks it has become apparent just how little any of us have a say in the legislative process. Every decision is made by leadership and their members are simple told to tag along. The New House Republican Caucus - which I belong to - formed to reclaim their election certificate and put principle over party. We are treated like pests who Republican Minority Leader Doudt is determined to eradicate. Worse yet is that those members are being told to specifically avoid...ME!
Because I introduced an article of Impeachment against the Governor The Old House Republican caucus has been the single biggest reason we have made such little progress. We knew the DFL would never allow this to move forward, that became very clear last week when Casseys law was heard. This was a Republican bill introduced last year by Rep. Munson and even got a hearing. This year they have given it to a freshmen DFL’er and now it will likely become law. Proof that good ideas aren’t always important to your representatives as getting re-elected is.
Again I am calling upon you to participate in your Government and let your voice be heard. You can find more information about who represents you HERE.
Would you want to live in South Dakota?
This week my colleague - Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal) - introduced a piece of legislation that would allow counties in Minnesota to hold a referendum on whether or not to secede and join South Dakota. Essentially bringing the border to you. For the past few years we have all had to know someone who has left Minnesota to retire in states with zero to little income tax. Even today with a 4 billion dollar surplus the DFL is determined to force more taxes on the backs of hard working Minnesotians. The reality is clear, there is a real and serious divide between urban and rural Minnesota.
After states like California and Oregan held voted on allowing their rural counties to join the more conservative Idaho we need to be asking ourselves how can we fix the problem? To me the answer is clear: we need better representation in St. Paul. We need more than 2 voices scream at each other producing zero results. We need a Minnesota legislature that works for you not special interest or lobbyist groups.
While I can guarantee the DFL will never let this bill see the light of day - just like my PPP loan forgiveness and SAPA - I hope this starts to help show how real the divide is. Here is a link to a poster that hangs in the New House Republican office. Does this look like One Minnesota to you? Just because you say something doesn’t make it ture.