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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, April 1, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

Last week, the Minnesota House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation that provides hope for those suffering from ALS and their caregivers. The bill appropriates $20 million to promote research related to prevention, treatment, causes, and hopefully an eventual cure. It also would appropriate $5 million for families caring for people living with ALS and to provide home medical respite care.

Senator David Tomassoni spearheaded the effort to get this bill across the finish line. Senator Tomassoni was recently diagnosed with ALS and has announced that this will be his last term in the Minnesota Senate.

Senator Tomassoni is no doubt a giant of the Iron Range and our people. Like the “Giants” of legend, he has left his footprint on our history and left a legacy of true public service. That service to all of us will never be forgotten and our thanks will never be enough.


Here I am pictured with House colleagues and Senator Tomassoni at the bill signing ceremony for the ALS research legislation.

Inflation and Energy Costs

Analysis from Bloomberg news this week found that the average family in America will likely spend $5,200 more than usual because of record levels of inflation.

It’s no secret that we all are paying more for groceries, gas, energy, and pretty much everything else in our lives. As families continue to bear the brunt of inflation, it is sad to see the House majority in Minnesota spend their time hearing bills in committee that will make things more difficult for Minnesotans.

This week in the Climate and Energy Policy and Finance Committee, Democrats brought a bill forward that would enact California fuel regulations in the State of Minnesota.

The bill would directly cause the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel to increase by 20 cents per gallon in the near term and up to 54 cents per gallon by 2035—forcing the average Minnesota household to spend an additional $210 to $570 per year, every single year at the pump. 

Bills like this are completely out-of-touch with the experiences of so many Minnesotans. We need to find solutions that will lower the costs of energy and gas. That’s why I have been a champion of pursuing a policy of energy independence so that we can source energy here in America.

As legislators, I believe we need to start addressing policy in ways that give a hand up to Minnesotans rather than a one-time handout.  At a time when supply chains are uncertain and inflation is on the rise, we must find ways to ignite our local economies. We can show the world our ability to practice and demonstrate American Exceptionalism and bring our best days to reality.

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 reached by phone at 651-296-4936 or via email at

Have a great day,


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts”. – Marcus Aurelius