Here is an update with the latest news from the Capitol.
House File 2788
The Veterans Affairs Committee is off to a busy start this session. We heard four bills on Monday including my legislation, House File 2788, which would ensure that high school students know about the postsecondary options that the branches of the military offer. It would require school districts to grant recruiters the same access they grant to other colleges and employers, as well as require school counselors to also present and explain armed forces career options for students.
The military has put many on wonderful, fulfilling career paths, and I want to ensure Minnesota high school students know all the options that are out there.
On Wednesday, the February Economic Budget Forecast was released by Minnesota Management and Budget. This forecast gives us a better picture of the state’s finances and is what legislators will use as we craft legislation this session.
The February forecast revealed a $329 million surplus, showing that Republican-led tax relief at the state and federal level are working. I am optimistic about the continued financial and economic outlook of our state and will continue to champion tax relief that keeps more money in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers.
On Tuesday, a bill was unveiled that would require the Dayton Administration to find $10 million in the executive branch to begin fixing the broken Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, better known as MNLARS. As I’ve shared in earlier updates, the failed program has already cost taxpayers nearly $100 million to build, and now the Dayton Administration is asking for another $43 million to fix it, with $10 million of that supposedly needed right away.
The bill would allow Governor Dayton to utilize funding currently dedicated to executive agencies to provide the first $10 million requested. I think this is a commonsense approach that protects taxpayers.
Veterans Day on the Hill
Don’t forget that on March 12, Minnesota veterans are having their day at the Capitol. I will be speaking during the rally in the rotunda which starts at 10 AM.
I would encourage all of our veterans and those interested in veterans’ issues to come down to the Capitol and make your voice heard! You can find out more details here.
As always, thank you for the honor of being your state representative. Please contact me with any questions or input you may have; I look forward to hearing from you.