Myhra introduces bills for new parents-at-risk, used car leases

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 2:00 pm | Updated: 10:51 am, Fri Mar 29, 2013 – Savage Pacer.

Rep. Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville/Savage) introduced two new legislative bills in March: House File 1606 is aimed at empowering parents-at-risk to meet the challenges of parenting, and House File 1381 modifies the timing of the collection of sales tax on used car leases.

“Establishing Focused Home Visiting Grants” (HF 1606) funds a grant program for a public nurse to make volunteer pre-natal to 2-year home visits to new parents.

“Many of us have a strong support network to see us through the new life stage of parenting; however, there are many who need help to navigate through the challenges,” said Myhra.

These visits, in addition to assisting with issues of health for both child and mother, help new parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher, Myhra said.

Myhra also introduced legislation to assist individuals with financial challenges who are looking to lease a vehicle.

House File 1381 modifies the timing of the collection of sales tax on used car leases from upfront to periodic.

“Minnesotans who are in the market for used car leases generally can not secure a car loan and do not have the $700 to $1,000 in cash for the upfront sales tax,” said Myhra. “Minnesotans are struggling to make ends meet. For many, a car is critical for getting to work and keeping their job. If the sales tax is collected on a periodic basis, the payments will be much more affordable and viable for hardworking Minnesotans.”