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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, May 7, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

The weather is supposed to be good once again this weekend! I hope you’re able to get outside, celebrate Mom, and enjoy a meal or beer at one of our amazing local establishments. They have been through a lot this year and could use our support!

End of Session

There’s 10 days to go in the 2021 legislative session as we get closer to the May 17th deadline. Now that all of the Democrat majority’s omnibus finance bills have been approved, we have now moved into conference committees. This process allows the House Democrat majority to work with the Senate Republican majority to work out the differences between the two bodies’ bills.

Unfortunately, we are running out of time to get our work done on time, and this is largely because of Democrats’ insistence on raising taxes.

With a $4 billion surplus ($1.6 billion state surplus + $2.6 billion in federal money coming), we can put together a responsible budget that funds our priorities without raising taxes.

I've also long been advocating for an end to Gov. Walz's emergency powers so that he works with the legislature as a co-equal branch.

The Governor should not use the Emergency Powers as an end-of-session bargaining chip — emergency powers are meant for emergencies, not to be used as political leverage.

Let’s come together and do what’s best for all Minnesotans.

Click here or the photo below to watch a short video on this topic.


Governor Rolls Back COVID Restrictions

Summer is right around the corner, and with it, a return to normalcy as Governor Walz announced Thursday that the statewide mask mandate will end no later than July 1st and indoor capacity limits will end on May 28th.

For more information and to read his latest executive order detailing the changes, click here.

This is a step in the right direction, but I am disappointed that Governor Walz is keeping his emergency powers.

It’s clear that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over and it is past time for Governor Walz to give up his emergency powers and work with the legislature to bring our best days to reality. Let’s open up and let people make decisions for themselves and their families.

Reminder: I have voted numerous times to end the emergency powers and will continue to do so until we are successful in ending the peacetime emergency.

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,