Representative Pam Myhra receives 100% score from the Minnesota Taxpayers League

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Myhra named ‘Friend of the Taxpayer’

To the editor:

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota recently honored Rep. Pam Myhra, R-Burnsville, with its annual “Friend of the Taxpayer” award in recognition of her 2014 pro-taxpayer voting record.

The award goes to legislators who achieved 100 percent on votes rated in the Taxpayers League’s annual Legislative Scorecard. Fourteen House members and seven senators scored 100 percent on the scorecard this year.

Myhra received the “Friend of the Taxpayer” award for her votes opposing tax hikes on Minnesota residents and businesses as well as increased spending of the surplus that was generated by last session’s tax increase.

Myhra consistently and aggressively fought for lower taxes and limited government throughout his term and deserves special recognition for her efforts on behalf of all Minnesota taxpayers.

Ted Lillie
President, Taxpayers League of Minnesota

Representative Pam Myhra receives 100% score from MN Chamber of Commerce

http://grassroots.mnchamber.com/person/pam-myhra/

A June 16th, 2014 Politics in Minnesota article said, “A number of Republican legislators received a perfect vote rating from the Chamber, including House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and Rep. Pam Myhra, R-Burnsville, who opted to leave the Legislature to serve as GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert‘s running mate.”

Read more: http://politicsinminnesota.com/2014/06/minnesota-chamber-of-commerce-report-scores-2013-14-legislatures-votes/#ixzz3P0Z47aXp

Representative Pam Myhra receives 100% score from MN Citizens Concerned for Life

http://www.mccl.org/document.doc?id=660

Representative Pam Myhra receives 100% score from the National Federation of Independent Businesses

http://www.nfib.com/pdfs/Minnesota-voting-record.pdf

Representative Pam Myhra receives 100% score from MinnCan

http://edscorecard.minncan.org/

Representative Pam Myhra receives Honorable Mention from the Legislative Evaluation Assembly

Representative Pam Myhra receives Honorable Mention from the Legislative Evaluation Assembly in their 2014 Report on the Minnesota Legislature

http://www.mnlea.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/2014-report-9-29-14.pdf

Gubernatorial candidate Seifert calls on Myhra — again

HometownSource.com

State Rep. Pam Myhra, the newly announced running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert, anticipates the question before it’s asked.

Why give up a safe seat in the House of Representatives to run for lieutenant governor on a ticket that has yet to gain party endorsement, much less go on to win the Republican primary and advance to the general election against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton?

Myhra said she’s so confident Seifert can win it all that she’s willing to be risk being out of a job come January.

Seifert, one of six Republicans vying to face Dayton, announced Myhra’s selection Feb. 27. Myhra, a two-term representative from Burnsville, said she won’t seek re-election to the House seat in District 56A, which covers northwest Burnsville and all of Savage.

Seifert is “the best candidate and the right person to unite our party, to defeat Dayton and to lead Minnesota,” Myhra said in an interview.

He looks strong early, winning a straw poll of Minnesota Republican precinct caucusgoers on Feb. 4.

Seifert selects Myhra as gubernatorial running mate

Shakopee Valley News
By Mary Juhl

Rep. Pam Myhra, R-Burnsville, whose district includes Savage, will be Marty Seifert’s running mate as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor against DFL incumbent Mark Dayton.

Myhra will not seek re-election this year for her District 56A House seat.

In a statement issued by Seifert’s campaign, Myhra said her choice to join his ticket was an easy one.

“I truly believe Marty Seifert is the right person for the challenges our state faces and is absolutely the best candidate to defeat Mark Dayton next fall. Marty is a person of integrity who has the right Minnesota values and experience to unite our party, defeat Dayton, and implement the effective state government Minnesota desperately needs.”

Myhra was elected to the House in 2010 and serves on the Taxes and Education Finance committees and is the Republican lead for the House’s Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Committee.

“Pam is a winner, defeating an entrenched multi-term incumbent Democrat in a swing district. She works hard on behalf of her constituents in the district she now represents, and will be a major part of carrying our team across the finish line in 2014,” Seifert said in a statement.

Marty Seifert and Pam Myhra Lt. Governor Announcement Photos

Original article here

Seifert Names Burnsville Representative Pam Myhra Lieutenant Governor Candidate

SAINT PAUL – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert today announced State Representative Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville) will join his ticket as candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2014 race. Myhra is known for her dedication in the Minnesota House and is a leader on issues such as education, early childhood development, and taxes. Myhra is married to her husband, Chuck, and they have three adult children.

In searching for a running mate, Seifert said he wanted a strong conservative with a winning record.

“Pam is a winner, defeating an entrenched multi-term incumbent Democrat in a swing district. She works hard on behalf of her constituents in the district she now represents, and will be a major part of carrying our team across the finish line in 2014,” said Seifert. “In the years I have known Pam Myhra, I have consistently been impressed by her commitment to family, faith, and community; Pam is an intelligent, caring and thoughtful conservative who is fully committed to bringing sensible leadership to Minnesota and replacing the out-of-touch Dayton Administration.”

Myhra said her decision to join the Seifert ticket was easy and she has the full support of her family and friends.

“I truly believe Marty Seifert is the right person for the challenges our state faces and is absolutely the best candidate to defeat Mark Dayton next fall,” Myhra said. “Marty is a person of integrity who has the right Minnesota values and experience to unite our Party, defeat Dayton, and implement the effective state government Minnesota desperately needs.”

Representative Myhra will not seek the endorsement of her local Republican Party unit for re-election to the Minnesota House. She will continue to serve the people of District 56A in the Minnesota House and will join Seifert in campaigning statewide during the busy Republican endorsement process as her legislative schedule permits.

Wide-ranging topics await area legislators

Posted in Savage Pacer
By Mary Juhl mjugl@swpub.com

State lawmakers will reconvene in St. Paul on Feb. 25, where they will consider a bonding bill and an array of proposals on topics ranging from the state’s minimum wage to bullying in schools.

The off-year session is poised to be short, and Gov. Mark Dayton has labeled it an “unsession” with the goal of undoing outdated or unnecessary laws and passing a bonding bill, rather than focusing on new legislation. Still, nearly 300 bills have been filed by mid-January, according to the House of Representatives Public Information Services. The Legislature must adjourn by May. 19.

“There are always a lot of bills being introduced,” said Rep. Pam Myhra of Burnsville, who represents Savage. “The control is in the hands of [DFL] leadership.”

Both Myhra and Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, said they support repealing three business-to-business taxes approved during the 2013 session, which includes taxes on the purchase of telecommunications equipment and repairs made to machines and equipment, which both went into effect in July, and a tax on warehouse services, set to go into effect April 1.

Legislators will also work on passing a bonding bill, though lawmakers said its size may be determined largely by a Feb. 28 budget forecast. The Minnesota Management and Budget Office releases forecasts in November and February each year; November’s forecast predicted a nearly $1.1 billion surplus for the next biennium. In addition to passing a bonding bill, area legislators expect to tackle bills this session that could legalize medical marijuana, raise the state’s minimum wage and regulate bullying in schools.

Bonding bill

Gov. Dayton has proposed a $986 million bonding bill, which includes $126 million to finish renovating the state Capitol building, $233 million for higher education and additional funding for an array of infrastructure, transit and economic development projects.

Myhra said she favors bonding for necessary infrastructure improvements, but doesn’t support costly projects like extending light rail lines.

“I like it when the process has integrity, that the projects are a statewide benefit, that they are funding infrastructure,” Myhra said.

Hall said he supports bonding for local and regional road and bridge projects.

“Let’s make sure we maintain what we have,” Hall said. “Our government is growing so fast we’re having a hard time maintaining what we have.”

Medical marijuana

The Legislature will consider a proposal to legalize marijuana for medical purposes this session, sponsored by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing.

Hall said he thinks medical marijuana will be one of the hardest issues legislators will navigate in the 2014 session. Hall said that while he would never vote for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, he’s open to the idea of medical marijuana as long the right regulations are put in place.

“I am for anything that helps people and is healthy,” Hall said.

Myhra said she worries that legalizing marijuana for medical purposes could have a negative impact on teen drug use, and that law enforcement’s opposition to the proposal should be considered.

“I am very concerned about medical marijuana,” Myhra said. “My understanding is that the organizations and lobbyists pushing medical marijuana are also pushing recreational marijuana.”

Bullying bill

The “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” otherwise called the bullying bill, would define bullying and establish policies in public schools statewide with the goal of reducing it. The bill has garnered opposition from some Republican legislators, as well as the Minnesota Child Protection League, a group dedicated to defeating the legislation.

Myhra said that while she’s familiar with the consequences of verbal and physical bullying, she thinks aspects of the current bill are problematic, like a provision that would allow students to report bullying incidents anonymously.

“One of our rights is to face our accuser and have due process, so this denies students due process,” Myhra said.

Hall said he could support a bill that aims to reduce bullying, but that he thinks the current language is too drastic.

“I’m opposed to the DFL bully bill, but I am supportive of a bill that would give the local school districts decision-making powers,” Hall said. “The overreach of the DFL bully bill is so far beyond what it should be.”

Minimum wage

Gov. Dayton has expressed support for increasing Minnesota’s minimum wage, which is one of the lowest in the country at $6.15 per hour. Many employers are required to pay their employees the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. The Legislature will consider proposals to increase the state’s minimum wage to up to $9.50 per hour.

Myhra said she thinks raising the minimum wage would hurt people seeking entry-level jobs.

“Oftentimes, when we raise the minimum wage, we see fewer and fewer jobs for those entry-level positions and fewer internships that are paid,” Myhra said. “That is a real concern to me.”

Hall said that with the DFLers in control, he expects a minimum-wage increase will pass, but the final size of that increase remains to be seen.

“The Democrats are in control,” Hall said. “I think they’re going to do an overreach and we’re going to try to hold them back to a minimal increase.”