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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. John Poston

Friday, April 8, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

It’s been a busy week in St. Paul as the third committee deadline is today, Friday. This means that by the end of the day, the Democrat majority in the House will have moved all of their omnibus finance and policy bills out of their respective committees. I plan to give more detailed reviews of these bills as they head to the House Floor for approval from the entire legislative body.

With all their omnibus bills now publicly available, and having done the math, I can report to you that Democrats plan to spend more than $21 for every $1 in tax cuts with the state’s historic $9.3 billion budget surplus.

Unfortunately, Democrats just can’t help themselves and are choosing to prioritize dramatically increasing the size and scope of government at the expense of you, the hard-working taxpayers of Minnesota. 

All session long, I’ve been focused on giving the surplus back to Minnesotans—it belongs to you after all. Thankfully we have the Republican majority in the Senate, and I am hopeful that they will be able to stop the reckless spending proposals from House Democrats from becoming law. 

I am also disappointed that Democrats have not included any funding to repay the deficit in Minnesota's unemployment insurance trust fund in any of their omnibus bills. Repayment is needed to reverse the recent tax hikes that have gone into effect on Minnesota employers. Thanks to obstruction by House Democrats, Minnesota employers recently were hit with an average 30% unemployment insurance tax increase.

Staying in Touch

I encourage you to reach out to me to share your priorities, thoughts, questions, and concerns. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4293 or via email at

Have a great weekend,