Thank you for the opportunity and honor to serve you and the communities of Savage and Burnsville in my second-term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Currently, I am the minority lead member on the Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy committee and a member of the Education Finance and Tax committees.
When I took office two years ago, the state faced a $6.2 billion dollar budget deficit and had borrowed $1.7 billion dollars from school districts, a 70/30 school shift. As of the end of December 2012, the current biennium has a $2.6 billion dollar budget surplus, fully replenished cash and budget fund accounts, and reduced borrowing from school districts to $1 billion, an 84/16 school shift. This excellent turnaround in our state budget was accomplished during my first-term with no new taxes and effective reforms, while still increasing funding to schools by $100 per pupil.
This next legislative session will provide new challenges; however, I will continue to focus on the priorities of:
- Responsible Government – sensible state spending within its means
- Promoting Jobs – creating an economic environment where businesses start, stay, and thrive in Minnesota
- Protecting Family Incomes – helping families keep more of what they earn
Again, thank you for the opportunity to represent and serve you.
House District 56A
217 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155-1298