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Legislative Update from Rep. Josh Heintzeman

Friday, March 24, 2023

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this week, leaders of the House and Senate Democrat majorities joined Gov. Walz in releasing details of their joint budget targets. The targets give all of us an idea of how much new money they plan to spend in 2023 and the framework for doing so.

Sadly, as expected, the budget targets show us that they are looking to spend the entire budget surplus on growing government beyond levels we even thought possible. In fact, they are looking to spend beyond the entire $17.5 billion budget surplus.

While details still have to be ironed out and we don’t 100% know what the final budget numbers will be when the legislative session ends in May, it’s becoming clear that they will turn what was a $17.5 billion budget surplus into years of deficits thanks to their reckless spending increases.

Stay tuned on this as the budget picture continues to crystalize in the coming weeks. I will keep pushing to return the budget surplus to you through tax relief. Unfortunately, it looks like Democrats and Gov. Walz plan to spend it all on growing government.

In addition to the budget targets, House Democrats approved legislation on Thursday night that makes Minnesota a sanctuary state for transgender health care. This bill would allow minors to travel to Minnesota to receive these treatments without parental consent, posing a threat to parental rights and the well-being of children, not just in our state, but across the nation.

It goes without saying, but the well-being of children should be our #1 priority in Minnesota. This bill will put children in dangerous situations and make Minnesota a magnet for child custody victims.

This is wrong and something that should be immediately challenged by the courts if/when it eventually passes the Senate and is signed by Gov. Walz. Please be sure to respectfully reach out to your Senator and ask them to vote “no” on this bill.

Staying in Touch

Please be sure to reach out to me to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4333 or via email at

God bless,