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Legislative Update from Rep. Mary Franson

Friday, March 5, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week we mourned the loss of Dr. Seuss who succumbed to cancel culture. May he never “rest in peace” as we fight to make sure our children forever grow up reading his classic stories.

All the Place You Won’t Go

Last week, we heard rumors that Mr. Potato Head was being cancelled. While Mr. Potato head was able to sort of escape the woke Left, Dr. Seuss was not as fortunate. Six of Dr. Seuss’s famed books will no longer be published because they are deemed offensive. This all begs the question: What is going to be cancelled next?! 

The Left is even starting to turn on itself. Dr. Seuss, the pen name for Theodor Seuss Geisel was in fact a liberal Democrat who supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of us love his seemingly pro-life quote in Horton Hears a Who where Dr. Seuss states “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss actually despised the saying being used in the pro-life movement. His widow later donated to Planned Parenthood.

Cancel culture needs to stop. Some of my favorite memories are reading Dr. Seuss books to my kids when they were young. Dr. Seuss has helped generations of children fall in love with reading. National Reading Day is celebrated on his birthday! It is shameful that it is becoming acceptable for society to cancel elements of culture that is suddenly viewed unfavorably. Our children need to play with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and read Dr. Seuss without interruption from the woke Left. Can we go ahead and cancel cancel culture already?

Forgivable loans are not profit

I have heard from so many business owners about their concerns that their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans might not be forgiven. These loans are forgiven by the federal government, but currently not with the state of Minnesota. If we do not pass tax conformity, a company’s PPP loan will be considered profit and will be taxed.

This cannot be allowed to happen. Minnesota’s businesses needed these PPP loans in order to survive the devastating impacts of government shutdowns. Many companies rightly spent these funds already to keep their workers employed and to cover their overhead costs. They cannot afford a large tax bill when they have already suffered a difficult year.

Unless Minnesota forgives PPP loans, we would be the only state in the Upper Midwest to impose these taxes. The Senate is expected to pass a bill to conform to federal forgiveness and Gov. Walz has even signaled his support. I fully support exempting PPP loans. We need to get this done for Minnesota’s businesses now.

Please Contact Me

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-3201 or I would love to hear from you.

It’s an honor to represent the best!