Attempting to Reach a Solution

Dear Friends, I am in meetings at the Capitol today as we attempt to get a budget solution in place before the fiscal year ends at midnight, preventing a government shutdown from starting tomorrow. The governor must call a special session in order for us to pass the bills necessary to keep government operating past […]

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GOP has Compromised

Dear Friends, Speaker Zellers and Majority Leader Koch held a news conference this morning to discuss the state budget. Governor Mark Dayton has not put forward a complete and balanced budget in 90 days. His 50/50 proposal is neither complete or balanced. The GOP has put forward three budget offers – the session budget; kids, […]

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Missing a Crucial Point for Budget Solution

Dear Friends: Opinion polls, news stories and everyday conversations are missing a crucial point as we continue working to find a budget solution. Most of the discussion seems to center on dollars and cents, or whether the top 2 percent of our earners are paying enough in taxes. Our focus should rest far beyond these […]

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Mobile Millionaires

Wall Street Journal March 12, 2010 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703976804575114241782001262.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h Income tax rates go up, rich taxpayers vanish. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is the latest Democrat to demand a tax increase, this week proposing to raise the state’s top marginal individual income tax rate to 4% from 3%. He’d better hope this works out better than it has […]

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Balanced Budget, Efficiencies and Reform

Dear Friends, The 2011 legislative session has adjourned and we put in long, hard hours to pass a balanced budget, new government efficiencies and education reform. The governor approved our plan for creating alternative licensing pathways for teachers. We also passed a new performance-based evaluation system for teachers and principals and scholarships to help low-income […]

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Send the Governor a Pen!

Put an ink pen (any pen) in an envelope and mail it to the Governor with a note asking him to SIGN THE BALANCED BUDGET BILL that does not increase taxes. Responsible families and businesses plan their budgets based on their income. The Minnesota House has proposed exactly that for the State of Minnesota. SPREAD […]

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Our Budget Plan Limits Spending, Erases Shortfall

Dear Neighbor, Sometimes issues at the Capitol are portrayed in so many different lights that it is hard to keep track of reality. Our work on the budget is a prime example and maybe it’s easiest if we just let the facts do the talking. Heres a quick summary: We have until Monday, May 23 […]

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2011 Legislative Survey Results

Dear Neighbor, We have finished tabulating the results of the 2011 legislative survey I recently conducted. Nearly 600 of you responded and the message is clear: Get a grip on state spending and protect taxpayers. An overwhelming 81% of survey respondents support limiting state spending to the actual previous years income in order to prevent […]

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We're Suffering from Sticker Shock!

The grocery store is more expensive. The thermostat is more expensive. Clothing is more expensive. A burger and fries is more expensive. Bacon is more expensive. The gas station is more expensive. Energy Costs +12.8% Fruits & Vegetables +14% Butter +19.6% Coffee & Tea +8.2% Ground Beef +9.8% Pork +9.9% Eggs +4.5% Potatoes +5.9% Governor […]

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We’re Suffering from Sticker Shock!

The grocery store is more expensive. The thermostat is more expensive. Clothing is more expensive. A burger and fries is more expensive. Bacon is more expensive. The gas station is more expensive. Energy Costs +12.8% Fruits & Vegetables +14% Butter +19.6% Coffee & Tea +8.2% Ground Beef +9.8% Pork +9.9% Eggs +4.5% Potatoes +5.9% Governor […]

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