February 13, 2015

Pay Raises for Commissioners

The legislature was recently informed that Governor Dayton approved significant pay raises for his political appointees and commissioners, many of whom are already making six-figure salaries. These raises of between 19 and 58 percent will cost taxpayers at least $1.6 million over the next two years and don’t reflect the priorities or the realities of average Minnesotans. These salary increases …

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February 6, 2015

Update from Veterans Committee

This week in the Veterans Committee, we heard several bills that will have a positive impact on veterans across Minnesota. First, we heard HF 134, a technical bill I authored that makes changes to the veterans trust. It was sent to the General Register meaning it can be heard and debated on the House Floor. Next, we passed HF 137, …

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January 30, 2015

Dayton’s Budget Proposal

This week, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled his budget proposal which he is hoping to have passed by the legislature this year. The House and Senate will be hearing more details about the proposed budget plans over the next few weeks when state agencies come to testify about his budget recommendations before committees. As for now, I believe there are a …

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January 23, 2015

Tax Relief for Minnesotans

This week, the House Taxes Committee held a hearing for my bill HF 136 which, if signed into law, will have a positive impact on small business owners across Minnesota. For companies that travel to sell goods in multiple parts of Minnesota, the business must take the time to figure out the sales tax rate for each city, a task …

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January 16, 2015

First Veterans Committee


Here is an update from the Capitol. First Veterans Committee Monday, January 12th was the first committee hearing for the Veterans Division, a committee I will be chairing for the next two years. For our first meeting, we heard from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Military Affairs. I am honored to chair a committee dedicated to …

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January 9, 2015

Republican Priorities for 2015

The 2015 legislative session kicked off on Tuesday, and I am excited to get back to work at the Capitol. It’s a privilege to be your state representative, and I look forward to bringing the priorities of District 39A to St. Paul for the next two years. Additionally, I am honored to be chairing the House Veterans Division, a committee …

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January 7, 2015

Dettmer Takes Oath of Office


Representative Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) was officially sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday, January 6, in St. Paul after taking the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Lori Gildea. This will be his fifth term. Being elected by the hardworking people of District 39A is a privilege, and I will do my utmost to support and pass …

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November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

From my family to yours, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday, enjoying delicious food and spending time with loved ones. There are many things I am thankful for this year including my family, the brave men and women who protect our nation both at home and overseas, the freedom we …

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November 18, 2014

Dettmer to Chair House Veterans Affairs Committee

On Tuesday, Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt unveiled the new committee chairs for the 2015-16 legislative session. Among the new committee chairs is Representative Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) who will be leading the Veterans Affairs Division. “I’ve long been an advocate for Minnesota’s veterans and look forward to bringing my experience to this new leadership position,” said Rep. …

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October 8, 2014

Representative Bob Dettmer Earns Guardian of Small Business Award


On Wednesday, State Representative Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota (NFIB), the states largest small business group with 13,000 members. Representative Dettmer is a real friend of small business and we are happy to announce he has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award, said Mike …

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