Putting our
community first
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives adjourned on May 20th, ending the first half of the 2013-2014 biennium.

    From the first week of session right up to the end, I worked diligently for our border city businesses, permanent flood protection and property tax relief for all Minnesotans.

    I was also pleased that the Legislature crafted a balanced and responsible budget without shifts or gimmicks, committed significant new funding to E-12 education, as well as higher education, and invested in economic development, which will allow small businesses to leverage additional private sector capital.

    I have appreciated your input on all issues throughout the legislative session. I look forward to further discussions with you as the Legislature prepares for the 2014 session. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. It is an incredible honor and privilege.

  • Providing Property Tax Relief
    • Chief authored the bill to reform Local Government Aid to make LGA funding more stable for local governments and provide property tax relief for all of Minnesota
    • Co-authored the Homestead Credit Refund program to give more homeowners and renters larger property tax refunds
    Supporting Local & Small Businesses
    • Chief authored an appropriation for the Border City Development and Enterprise Zone program to assist border city businesses
    • Chief authored the bill to improve the Disparity Reduction Credit program to provide property tax relief for border city businesses
    • Co-authored the bill to allow sales tax exemptions for small business capital improvement purchases
    • Co-authored a bill to dedicate angel investment tax credits for businesses in Greater Minnesota
    Investing in Education
    • Voted to increase funding for E-12 education and create a new structure to better prepare students for higher education and the workforce
    • Voted to provide higher education tuition relief by freezing tuition at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State College and University systems
    • Authored a bill to provide more higher education state aid grant funding to part-time students
    Working for Our District
    • Chief authored bills to fund flood mitigation projects for Moorhead and Oakport Township
    • Secured an appropriation for improvements to M.B. Johnson Park in north Moorhead
    • Minnesota DFL
    • MAPE
    • AFSCME Council 5
    • AFSCME Council 65
    • Minnesota AFL-CIO
    • Minnesota Boilermakers Local 647
    • Education Minnesota
    • State Representative Paul Marquart
    • Former State Senator Keith Langseth
    • Former State Representative and City Councilwoman Diane Wray Williams
    • Former City Councilmember Mark Altenburg
    • Former City Councilmember Larry Nicholson
    • Former City Councilmember Greg Lemke
    • Former City Councilmember John Rowell
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