Hello from St. Paul,
This week, House Republicans laid out their budget proposal for the next two years. I’m happy to report that it includes an additional $1.1 billion for our schools, a new plan to fund transportation projects, and a tax relief initiative. All things that I have heard broad support for across our district! Let me share some details with you:
The transportation plan that was introduced invests $6 billion over the next decade, with $2 billion being spent in the next two years alone, without raising the gas tax. I believe that with a $1.6 billion surplus, the Governor and lawmakers should not be proposing to raise your taxes. The bill would be funded through bonds and a re-appropriation of auto-related taxes to be spent exclusively on transportation projects. This bill is a comprehensive and straightforward approach to funding future projects, and I am hopeful for a positive reception from Governor Dayton.
Some key provisions in the bill that benefit Greater Minnesota:
The proposed tax relief bill would reduce taxes for Minnesotans by more than $1.35 billion over the next two years. This tax bill helps middle-class families, farmers, small business owners, and college students.
Some of the bill’s highlights:
These bills are currently working their way through the committee process and will be heading to the floor of the House for a vote of the entire body in the near future. I will continue to advocate on your behalf for both of these well-balanced and financially sound proposals.
Enjoy the weekend! Maybe more spring-like weather will be on the way soon!
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