The Minnesota Legislature began the 2013-14 biennium with a mission to end political games and go to work for all Minnesotans. That’s exactly what we did. We turned a $627 million deficit into a $1.2 billion surplus; completely paid back $800 million owed to our K-12 schools; reversed the direction of rising property taxes across the state; established a Minnesota-based health care system and recognized equality for all. This was done in one year.
The second year of the session began with a tremendous response to the propane crisis; ensuring all of our school children have access to healthy lunches; tax cuts for middle class Minnesotans and a Greater Minnesota Initiative for economic development. We finished the 2013-14 biennium with new investments for all levels of education, $550 million dollars in middle class tax cuts and a record number of jobs in the state. Folks around Minnesota are calling these accomplishments historic.
Locally, I fought to complete Moorhead’s flood mitigation project and continue work on Oakport Township’s flood mitigation project; reduce property taxes for border city businesses; appropriate $1.5 million for our Border City Enterprise and Development Zone and secure funding for major improvements at our two Minnesota State campuses.
This as incredible progress; however, it could not have been done without you. Now we must stand together and continue this progress. The opportunity before us to shape the future of our state has never been more promising. We need to reelect the DFL led Legislature that proved its commitment to work hard and deliver results for all Minnesotans.
Minnesota is in an excellent position right now to be better than ever. We are running a budget surplus, our schools are strong and we have a record number of jobs in the state. Now we need to move forward and build a Minnesota where all families have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. Here in our community, I will focus on
We also need to focus on transportation during the 2015-16 legislative session. As we develop a 21st century economy, we must construct a 21st century transportation system. This includes roads, bridges, highways and ports. A comprehensive, all-encompassing transportation system will ensure Minnesota is prepared to lead the economy of tomorrow.
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