Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2019 legislative session adjourned on May 20, followed by a one day special session on May 24th to the morning of the 25th. As the only split legislature in the nation it took compromise to reach a deal but we now have a budget for the next biennium.
Of the legislation that made it into law this session, our E-12 education system will get a 2% increase each year of the biennium. We passed strong protections against elder abuse to ensure our loved ones safety, lowered TEFRA fees for those with disabilities and by 2023 we will have eliminated the medical assistance spenddown for those with disabilities. Income taxes were lowered, the provider tax was protected, we provided more safety measures for firefighters with the flame retardant bill, and enacted funding to secure our elections. It was a productive session.
Unfortunately, similar accord was not reached on other important issues. We have no bonding bill and no additional revenues to repair our roads. As we move into next session we will need to look at long term solutions to how we travel in Minnesota.
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.