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.
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.