Republican Majority 2017 Accomplishments

In commentary, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

In no particular order, here are changes passed by the legislature and signed into law during the 2017 legislative season. $650 million in tax relief – largest in nearly two decades Our state’s budget surpluses of recent years indicate that the Democrats’ multi-billion dollar tax increases of 2013 were extreme (not that some of us didn’t know it at the time). $300 million investment in roads – most since 2008 Not just bike paths or light rail… roads and bridges. Blocked Gov. Dayton’s universal health care Stabilized the individual health insurance market Stopped Gov. Dayton’s license tab fee increase Banned state funding for Southwest Light Rail Outlawed illegal immigrant driver’s licenses Who in their right mind offers government privileges to foreign law breakers? Allowed Sunday liquor sales Some …

Dayton’s Management

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, June 16th, 2017 With Governor Dayton in the twilight of his administration, the tired, vapid retrospectives have already begun. The Legacy media, when not busy savaging the character of President Trump, has busied itself propagating the narrative that Mark Dayton was some sort of financial genius regarding his stewardship of the state’s finances. This narrative may be more laughable than the Dayton-is-a-detail-oriented-executive narrative. Guess what?  Any grade schooler can balance revenues with kid-in-the-candy-store spending desires when it’s possible to forcefully expropriate money from the private economy. So Mark Dayton, with the willingness of big spending DFLers in the legislature, jacked up taxes high enough to cover big spending. That’s not a difficult task. Moreover, there are just a couple of extra holes in that …

Carla Nelson Update

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May 5, 2017 In addition to the beautiful spring weather, the arrival of May ushers in the end-of-session! The Minnesota Constitution requires the legislature to complete its work by May 22, leaving just over two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Conference committees have been working to finalize compromises over the past week. As chairwoman of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, I have been working with the House on an education finance bill that prioritizes programs that work while ensuring all Minnesota students have access to an education that will prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Over the next two weeks, expect things to continue to move quickly as we begin to debate and vote on the budget proposals on the Senate floor and send them to …

Dave Senjem Update

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May 5, 2017 Dear Friends, Just over two weeks remain in the legislative session! As we rapidly approach the May 22 deadline, action at the Capitol has been in full swing. Here is an update on the happenings: Conference Committee Update Conference committees, which serve as the final negotiations between the House and the Senate, have been working on budget compromises throughout the week. Committees have released their proposals, which await input from Governor Dayton as to whether they can be signed into law.  It is time for the Governor to participate and contribute to the negotiations. Here is a snapshot of some of the policy and budget provisions to be adopted by the committees: E-12 Education Budget A per-pupil increase of 1.5% each year, increasing the statewide …