Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2019 legislative session came to an end last Saturday with the completion of a one-day special session to pass budget bills.
While I am disappointed that a special session was needed to finish our work, I am relatively pleased with the job that House and Senate Republicans did this year to prevent Democrats’ extreme tax and spend agenda from becoming law.
With a Democrat Governor and House, the deck was stacked against us this year. Nevertheless, House and Senate Republicans did a good job securing a number of “wins” for the people of Minnesota.
While we were successful in some areas, I am disappointed that the “sick” tax was reinstated. The tax was set to sunset this year. Instead, the sunset was removed and the tax rate was dropped from 2% to 1.8%.
The tax is levied on most patient services in Minnesota, including things like baby deliveries, chemotherapy treatments, routine doctor visits, emergency room visits, and more.
In total, the sick tax will increase the costs of health care by $2.295 billion over the next four years. I was proud to vote against this immoral and unnecessary tax.
Schools in our area did well in this year’s education finance bill with most of our districts seeing a sizable increase in their per-pupil funding ratios. Here’s a breakdown of how Isle, Milaca, Onamia, and Princeton faired from the perspective of per-pupil funding:
Staying in Touch
Even though the 2019 legislative session is officially over, my job as your state representative does not end. Please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns related to state government. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-6746 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend,