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Saturday, April 17, 2021



Spring is here and so are the DFL Omnibus bills. This week we heard the Transportation, State Government and Elections, and the Housing Omnibus bills. These massive multi-subject bills raise billions of dollars in new taxes for all Minnesotans. The State Government Omnibus bill has a title that is 932 words long and spans across 3 pages.  The bill addresses 600 subdivisions of state law, yet the DFL claim this magically satisfies the constitutional requirement of having “One Subject”.

My weekly video update can be watched here:

wk update


Omnibus Bills

Late Friday night, during debate on the State Government omnibus bill I introduced an amendment that included the language from the Never Again Bill. This is the legislation necessary to prevent Governor Walz and future governor’s from abusing their Emergency Powers ever again.  Unfortunately, despite the undoubted campaign promises my Republican colleagues made last year, only 1 Republican in the House Chamber provided the support necessary to advance the bill.  Every single other Republican on the House Floor refused to support this critical legislation that prevents executive overreach.  Those traitorous Republicans included:


Representative Kurt Daudt

Representative Anne Neu Brindley

Representative Spencer Igo

Representative Duane Quam

Representative Patricia Mueller

Representative Barb Haley

Representative Jim Nash

Representative Bjorn Olson

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

Representative Jon Koznick

Representative Josh Heintzeman


These 11 Republicans betrayed Minnesotans and sided with protecting Governor Walz’ Emergency Powers.


Footage of the floor action below.

floor amend omni

Today the House heard the Transportation omnibus bill. This bill is packed with $1.6 billion in tax increases including new fees for tabs, a new automatic gas tax increases, and other increases for public transportation. I ran on the promise to end the practice of multi-subject bills as it is unconstitutional, and every bill should be one subject; passing on the merits of the idea itself. Instead, we have a heavily partisan process which pits one side against the other and encourages bad policy. The Democrat’s bill even includes a provision to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Other provisions increase transportation taxes by $1.6 billion over four years including:

  • Automatic inflation tax increases adjusted annually on October 1.
  • Increases the motor vehicle sales tax on vehicle purchases from the current 6.5-percent to the new 6.875-percent.
  • Increases Metro Area sales tax .5-percent to raise over $916 million in new sales taxes to be spent on non-automobile transit within the seven-county metro.


This morning Governor Walz held a press conference to announce his expansion of vaccine eligibility expansion. This new expansion means that anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive a vaccine starting Tuesday March 30th. This comes after the Federal Government has drastically increased the number of vaccines the state is receiving, and as we have already vaccinated 80% of those 65 and older. Below are some tools that you can use to help find vaccines closest to you. The Star Tribune has an article HERE on how to get your vaccine. 

  • Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to get updates on vaccine opportunities and to be entered into the random selection process for the state's Community Vaccination Program sites.
  • Search for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment near you by using the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.
  • Use the Vaccine Locator Map to find local vaccine providers in your area


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my office. We are still attempting to provide regular contact remotely so if you have other needs, please email my Legislative Assistant, Grayson, at

Watch the Minnesota House on Public TV

Video: Streaming Website. Also you can watch committees and Floor Sessions on YouTube.