April 11, 2014

Provisions and Bills Passed


This week at the Capitol, I think Ive talked more than I ever have on the House Floor. A number of provisions and bills passed that will have a serious impact on all Minnesotans, and I would like to share some of the highlights from this week. This week at the Capitol, I think I’ve talked more than I ever …

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April 4, 2014

The DFL Chose to Put Politics Above Good Policy

It is unfortunate that this week, the DFL chose to put politics above good policy, burying the 5% Campaign and several other important provisions in a 500 page supplemental budget bill that will cost Minnesotans hundreds of millions of dollars this year and even more down the road. The 5% Campaign makes cost of living adjustments for home and community …

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March 21, 2014

First Committee Deadline


This week was the first committee deadline in the House and Senate. Several important issues came up in St. Paul, and I would like to give you an update of what’s happening at the Capitol. Taxes After pressure from Governor Dayton and House Democrats, the Senate finally acted on its own tax bill today. The House passed its original tax …

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March 14, 2014

Important Issues Happening at the Capitol

As another busy week comes to a close in St. Paul, I would like to give you an update of important issues happening at the Capitol and in our district. Property Taxes Most of you have received your property tax statement in the mail, and no doubt many were shocked to see the dramatic jump in property taxes compared to …

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March 7, 2014

Another Busy Week at the Capitol


It has been another busy week at the Capitol, and we ended session Thursday night with a bipartisan vote to repeal several of the harmful business-to-business taxes passed in 2013. Rectifying the mistakes of last years legislature and repealing the sales taxes on warehousing storage, commercial and farm equipment repairs and telecommunications would be fantastic news for Minnesota. In our …

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February 14, 2014

Update from the State Capitol

Here’s an update from the State Capitol as we prepare to begin the 2014 Legislative Session on Feb. 25. Propane We continue to see very high propane prices due to a national shortage and our very cold temperatures. Several factors have contributed to this “perfect storm” scenario, but I am watching the issue closely and want to encourage you to …

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January 31, 2014

Spike In Propane Costs

We’ve seen a very rapid spike in propane costs for Minnesota, so state officials and federal officials are taking several steps to alleviate the problem. I have heard from several of you and have passed my concerns on to state leaders. We will hopefully see relief soon. There has been additional financial assistance made eligible for Minnesotans currently heating their …

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January 22, 2014

The Sanctity of Life at All Stages

I just returned from a very large gathering at the State Capitol in support of pro-life issues in Minnesota. While the economy continues to be an important issue, it is important for us to keep making progress on this issue. As many of you know, I am a strong believer in the sanctity of life at all stages and it …

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January 16, 2014

Questions about Obamacare in Minnesota


Many of you have contacted me with questions about the implications of Obamacare in Minnesota on your families and businesses. The first four months of operations for MNsure, Minnesotas Obamacare health insurance exchange implemented by Governor Dayton and state Democrats, have been extremely disappointing. The new state agency spent well over $100 million in public dollars, fumbled personal and private …

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