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Legislative Update (May 26, 2017)

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this morning, the House and Senate finished all of our remaining budget bills and sent them to the governor.

With a large budget surplus, we heard loud and clear that Minnesotans wanted tax relief, funding for roads and bridges, and providing for students in K-12. We were able to work with the Senate and the governor to deliver these priorities in a big way.

Our tax bill is $650 million of relief that will help senior citizens, small business owners, recent college grads, and farmers. On top of that, our transportation plan makes a significant investment in roads and bridges without raising the gas tax and we provide the necessary funding for all K-12 students. I’m proud of all we accomplished this session.

Many of these larger omnibus bills contained a number of provisions I authored including:

  • No maintenance costs of SWLRT estimated cost savings of $35 million dollars every biennium forever!
  • Changing eminent domain law to save taxpayers $25-30 million along the proposed SWLRT line!
  • Creating "Start Seeing Motorcycles" license plates!
  • Banning plastic bag repeal
  • Interim ordinance reform so housing projects are more transparent when working with cities
  • MN.IT (MN IT department) reform
  • State auditor reform!
  • Legacy funding for Andrew Petersen Farm renovation
  • Small distillery language that further allows craft distillers to see their business thrive
  • Magnifying scopes on muzzleloaders
  • Premium cigar tax repeal a bipartisan effort to repeal a very regressive tax and reduce the tax per cigar from $3.50 to $.50

As always, please continue to call or email if you have any questions on what we passed. I’m here to help and serve you.

Lastly, please be sure to take a second on Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in the service of our great nation.