After today, state law prevents legislators from sending email updates until after the election, so I wanted to send along a final update and provide information on how you can stay in touch for the rest of the summer and fall on the latest happenings at the Legislature.
Dueling Pro-Life Court Decisions
The last month has been a roller coaster for the pro-life movement here in Minnesota. In late June, the historic Dobbs decision struck down Roe v. Wade, marking a historic victory for the pro-life cause. While Minnesota was not directly impacted, pro-life laws are now in place in dozens of states across the country. This will save millions of lives and moves our country closer to finally recognizing the inherent value of life at all stages.
Minnesota still has a long way to go — a court case from many years ago essentially made the right to an abortion the law of the land in Minnesota. Sadly, an activist liberal judge used that same court case to strike down many of Minnesota’s longstanding and bipartisan pro-life laws just weeks later.
Common sense pro-life provisions like parental notification for minors and hospital requirements that protect the life and safety of mothers were struck down. I have urged Attorney General Keith Ellison to do his job and defend Minnesota’s state law by appealing this decision.
Regardless of the outcome, my commitment to protecting life remains unchanged — As Speaker, I passed several pro-life bills into law including the Born Alive Infant Act, and you can count on me to always be a staunch defender of life.
Inflation Hitting Minnesotans’ Pocketbooks
Inflation continues to rise at levels not seen in 40 years. Just last week, we learned that inflation is up a whopping 9% compared to the previous year, and gas prices remain unaffordable at $4.50 a gallon or more in most parts of the state. This hits communities like ours especially hard when so many of us have to drive long distances for work.
Democrats have been sounding more and more like Republicans these days, pretending to support tax cuts that they blocked during the regular session. Let’s be clear: if Democrats supported tax cuts, they could have easily passed them with bipartisan support during the regular session. Instead, they held these tax cuts hostage for billions in new government spending.
I will continue to push to use Minnesota’s record-setting budget surplus to pass a record-setting tax cut for families struggling with inflation. You deserve to keep your money — with no strings attached. Government shouldn’t get to pocket this money when so many families are having to forego summer road trips or make painful decisions about paying for basic needs like groceries and energy bills in this economy.
Stay in Touch
It’s truly been an honor to serve our community for the last two years. Thanks to all of you who have reached out with your comments, questions, and ideas. While is the last email update of the year, I will continue posting legislative updates and other information on my Legislative Facebook page which you can follow here.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office at rep.kurt.daudt or by calling 651-296-5364. I am here to serve you and my office will remain available to answer any questions or constituent concerns you have.
Have a great rest of your summer,