Legislative Report

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Dear Neighbors,   It’s been a very busy week in St. Paul with hours-long debates on a variety of budget bills. Before I get started, I want to take a moment to encourage you to make sure the family of Pope County Deputy Sheriff, Josh Owen, is in your prayers. Deputy Owen was tragically killed in...
  I am saddened this week by the passing of former Little Falls teacher Bill Swanson. Bill shared his business expertise with countless young learners over the years. He is known for always having a positive attitude and being a great resource to students. Bill will be greatly missed, and I pray...
On the House floor this week we heard the first of the budget omnibus bills, this one for higher education. While parts of the bill, such as the tuition freeze, are amiable, the overall 18.5 percent budget increase and reckless spending make it impossible for me to support in its current form....
Dear Neighbors, I hope you and your family had a blessed holiday and were able to enjoy some time reflecting on the meaning of Easter and the promises it holds for all of us. This week, the legislature returned from its annual Easter break. The final six weeks of the legislative session are...
Budget Picture Coming into Focus On Tuesday, the Governor, DFL Speaker of the House, and DFL Senate Majority Leader released joint budget targets. These targets represent an agreement on how much new money they plan to spend in 2023 and the framework for doing so.   The agreement calls for a $17.9...
Legislation authored by State Rep. Mike Wiener, R-Long Prairie, received a hearing today in the House Human Services Finance Committee. House File 1845 has bipartisan support and would provide grant funding to Wellness in the Woods, a local organization dedicated to improving access to mental...
Dear Neighbors,   You are invited to a Second Amendment town hall meeting on March 18 in Osakis at the Osakis Community Center. The event is set to begin at 2 p.m., and I will be joined by local state representatives, senators, and Todd County Sheriff Michael Allen. Please join us to discuss the...
Legislators are back from spring break and bills are quickly moving along in committee.  This week, I set out a letter urging the Democrats to take action on the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fun legislation. This has been going on for months and sadly, the deadline is days away. I am hopeful we...
Friends,    Congratulations To Upsala’s Kristine Biniek for scoring her 1000th point during her final game as a high schooler—impressive record! This week we finally got to open the doors of the State Office Building to the public once again. I have loved seeing the smiling faces, and the office is...
Dear Neighbors,    One of the requests I hear often from constituents is to exempt forgiven paycheck protection program loans from taxes. We are the only upper midwest state that has not passed a bill to exempt PPP loan income from taxes, and if we don’t act soon, many of our local businesses that...

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