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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, May 6, 2022

Dear Neighbors,

On Wednesday, President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended against reissuing a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.

This is the latest setback and roadblock from the Biden administration in a long line of regulatory maneuvers intended to make sure the project never happens.

Yet again, the Biden administration is choosing hostile foreign nations engaged in human rights abuses, child slave labor, and zero environmental standards over the men and women of the Iron Range.

It’s also looking like Biden’s Defense Production Act declaration was a political ploy as yesterday’s decision is at odds with his stated goal of sourcing more critical minerals here in America.

If we want to source critical minerals here at home, then the Biden administration needs to stop with the political roadblocks and let our people work!

We can produce these minerals right here in Northern Minnesota and it’s time for America to invest in the communities and industries of the Northland.

Fighting for our Northland

On Wednesday, the House approved House Democrats’ taxes omnibus bill. While there were components of the bill that I supported, I ultimately voted “no”.

With the state’s massive budget surplus, I would have liked to see the bill provide more meaningful and permanent tax cuts.

I was also disappointed that the bill did little to address the issue of rising property values across Minnesota and what that may mean for homeowners’ property taxes. Many of you have reached out to me on this issue, concerned about what the soaring property values could mean for you and your family.

During debate on Wednesday, I spoke to this issue, sharing stories from folks in our community that are concerned about this. Click here or the photo below to hear my comments on this.


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,