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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, January 29, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

It’s been a busy week in St. Paul as Governor Walz released details of his 2021-2022 budget proposal. The Governor’s proposal is the first official step in working towards and approving a new two-year budget. It should be noted that the proposal is more a statement of priorities than a serious roadmap to balancing our budget and many of the items in his budget have little chance of becoming law.

The Governor’s proposal is headlined by nearly $1.7 billion in tax increases, major spending hikes, and almost no meaningful spending cuts.

Among new taxes, Governor Walz is seeking a 15% increase to Minnesota's business tax rate which would vault Minnesota to #2 in the entire nation.

Frustratingly, he is only proposing $150 million in budget reductions out of a $52.4 billion budget. This accounts for about a 0.3% reduction in spending.

This proposal is wrong for the Northland and will slow our recovery from the economic damage caused by government-mandated shutdowns.

At a time when so many are still struggling, it’s hard to believe that the Governor would seek to raise taxes on Minnesota families and businesses. State government should share in the sacrifice that so many have had to endure during the last year. Because of that, we should instead focus on reduced spending and streamlining of government programs.

I truly believe our best days are ahead of us, but Minnesotans and businesses must be given the chance to recover without the government getting in the way by raising their taxes.

Energy Mandates

On Thursday, the Energy Committee heard legislation that would mandate 100% renewable energy by 2040.

I recorded a short video discussing why I think this legislation is wrong for the Northland. You can watch that video here or by clicking on the photo below.


First Bill Introduction

I introduced my first bill this week, House file 515 an idea that originated in our community. 

The bill convenes a working committee that would establish standards to streamline 911 and emergency telecommunications across the state of Minnesota. 

I am proud to have bipartisan support on this bill and am excited about the important step it would take in reorganizing the emergency telecommunications processes in Minnesota as the current system is a patchwork of different procedures across the state. 



Staying in Touch

As your representative, it is my duty to listen to your thoughts, questions, and concerns regarding state government. Please do not hesitate to contact me, it would be great to chat. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4936 or via email at

Have a great day,