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Dear Friends,
The 2018 legislative session adjourned on May 20. Overall, the session can best be characterized as a session of modest accomplishments but far too many missed opportunities. In an ongoing effort to create good-paying jobs and support our state’s economic health, the Legislature enacted a bipartisan capital investment package containing over a billion dollars in strategic investments spread through every corner of the state. Our Northwest part of the metro area received more than $40 million in investments. This is a driver for our local commerce and infrastructure — and we delivered. Unfortunately, similar accord was not reached on other important issues, including the opioid crisis, elder abuse, tax conformity, sexual harassment, gun violence prevention, and distracted driving. Funding and policy for hundreds of topics
were rolled into one huge (1000 pages) omnibus bill that was vetoed by the Governor. I am grateful to represent you and our communities through this process. Thank you for the honor of representing Champlin, Brooklyn Park, and Coon Rapid’s priorities at the Capitol—good schools, safe neighborhoods, quality roads, compassionate care for our elderly and people with disabilities, fair tax policy, and good-paying jobs are local values we all care about. We must continue to work together on both sides of the aisle to benefit District 36 and all the citizens of the state of Minnesota. I look forward to serving our communities in the upcoming 2019 session.

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