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Legislative Update - Rep. Tom Murphy

Friday, April 21, 2023

State of the State


Friends and Neighbors,

Wednesday evening was the State of the State Address where Governor Walz spoke of all the goals the DFL has for our state. Noticeably lacking from his speech was funding for nursing homes which has been a major point of concern this year as many across the state face tight budgets and staffing shortages. I am disappointed that when our state has a historic surplus so many Minnesotans are getting left behind including our elderly and care providers. I’ve heard from a number of constituents that Governor Walz’s has been completely unresponsive to their emails and calls about the struggles of our care providers.

Joining me at the State of the State was Tim Kelly, Administrator at St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie was my guest at Wednesday’s State of the State address. I am so glad that Tim was able to join me for this important event and I hope his presence will be a strong reminder for the governor and my colleagues that we must be supporting our nursing homes.

Omnibus Season

One of the most expensive bills we faced this week was the Transportation Omnibus bill with almost $4 billion in fees and tax increases. Increases in automotive sales tax and registration will make it more expensive for every Minnesotan to drive. Even those who don’t drive will see increased transportation costs with a $.75 fee on same-day deliveries including things like Uber Eats, Amazon, and more. This bill is also stuffed full of wasteful spending on Democrat wish list items including expanding metro light rail and a passenger train to Duluth. 

After multiple hours of debate on the Housing Provider/Tenant Omnibus and Housing Omnibus bills the House DFL passed both HF 917 and HF 2335 along partisan lines Cost increases and a shortage of housing have been major problems we have tried to address in the Housing Committee and yet these bills do little to address the underlying problems that have put our state in this situation. This plan is heavily weighted toward metro area funding as well as rental subsidies and the lack of workforce housing is especially disappointing. The Housing bill includes a 0.25% increase in retail sales tax for the seven-county metro that will go towards the rental assistance program.

We also faced the disappointing Education Omnibus bill that includes 65 new mandates that strip local control from our school districts. These mandates are in fact so egregious that after they are paid for most schools will have less to fund their current programs than they do now. “Unfortunately, I think this is potentially one of the most damaging sessions I’ve seen since I’ve been a superintendent.” Said Stillwater Superintendent Michael Funk on the legislation. I’m disappointed that even with the historic investment in education these dollars are getting lost in the bureaucracy instead of funding students.

National Takeback Day

Take Back 2023

This Saturday is National Drug Takeback Day. This is an opportunity to turn in expired and unwanted medications so that they can be disposed of properly. Medications that are just thrown out can end up in the wrong hands or can be damaging to the environment in a landfill. Find your nearest drop-off location here and clean up your medicine cabinet.

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