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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, March 4, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

On Wednesday, I organized and authored a letter to President Biden urging him to commit to pursuing American energy independence in light of recent geopolitical events.

Relying on hostile nations like Russia for the important commodities that power our national economy is a strategic mistake that leaves America and the free world vulnerable.

In the letter, we also called on the Biden Administration to reconsider its decision to cancel mineral leases in Minnesota.

The world is an unpredictable place, and it is important for America to source the critical minerals and precious metals needed to produce important technology like cellphones, batteries, and microchips in Minnesota. We can produce them right here in Northern Minnesota and it’s time for America to invest in the communities and industries of the Northland.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.

Budget Surplus

Early this week, Minnesota Management and Budget released the February budget forecast, showing a projected $9.25 billion surplus — up from the $7.75 billion surplus in the December forecast.

News of the updated surplus makes clear that Minnesota government has over collected from the hardworking taxpayers of our great state. While so many in our Northland are struggling with inflation and soaring energy prices, it is simply unacceptable that government is sitting on more than $9 billion in surplus.

We need to provide long-lasting tax relief—like eliminating the tax on social security—to Minnesotans and provide the hand up that so many need by making sure folks keep more of their hard-earned money. While times may be uncertain right now, I truly believe our best days are ahead. Together, we will bring our best days to reality.

Public Safety

Finally, House Republicans unveiled our public safety proposal this week. Now more than ever, safety and security are top of mind for many Minnesotans. For years, elected officials have denigrated the brave men and women of law enforcement and emboldened criminals in a way that has driven violent crime to levels we haven’t seen in a generation.

Public Safety

The plan revealed on Tuesday focuses on three key areas; crime prevention and accountability for criminals; police recruitment and retention and holding the criminal justice system accountable.

Some key components of the package include stronger sentences for repeat offenders, requiring prosecutors to file charges for felonies when probable cause is present, electronic home monitoring when no bail is set for defendants accused of violent crimes, and establishing carjacking as a criminal offense.

I am hopeful that we can come together and do what’s best for the people of Minnesota and fulfill a core function of government—providing for the safety and security of citizens.

Staying in Touch

I will do my best to keep you updated on what’s happening in St. Paul. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4936 or via email at

Have a great day,