Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: April 21, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update
Dear neighbors and friends,

The Easter and Passover break has concluded and we returned to St. Paul on Tuesday to begin wrapping up the 2017 legislative session. Here is an update:

Five weeks to go

We have a full agenda ahead as we complete the budget process before the constitutional adjournment deadline of May 22. Most finance bills have been passed and either are in conference committee or will be shortly. House and Senate conferees were appointed by the Speaker of the House to compare the different versions of each finance bill. Governor Dayton will also be very involved in the process as we seek to reach agreement on the final budget. (more…)

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: April 19, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Neighbors and Friends,

Last week, the legislature was on Easter and Passover break. This week, the House and Senate Majorities will be working on budget compromise bills to send to Governor Dayton for consideration. In order to finish session on time, the legislature must adjourn by May 22nd.

Minnesota has a projected $1.65 billion budget surplus and a stable economy. Unfortunately, the House Majority is so far choosing to prioritize tax cuts for corporations and the rich & well-connected instead of investing in the areas that have made Minnesota’s economy strong.

Here is a summary of the major budget bills passed this session: (more…)

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Is there $85 million for a new freeway interchange?

The following article by Mike Hanks was posted on the Sun-Current website April 7, 2017:

KYNDELL HARKNESS

It’s a story that is becoming well known, yet nobody knows the ending.

The interchange of interstates 35W and 494 is old and outdated. It’s arguably famous for its congestion. The need for a major overhaul of the intersection has long been discussed and unlikely to be disputed. But when and how improvements to the intersection happen remain a source of debate. (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: April 7, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update
Dear Neighbors,

As we prepare to break for the Easter/Passover holiday, the House and Senate are working to assemble the state budget and we are just about to finish debating the major budget bills.

Last night we debated the House Republicans omnibus State Government and omnibus Jobs and Energy bills. I am incredibly disappointed with both budget bills. The so called Jobs bill cuts millions from two very successful programs (The Job Creation Fund and the Minnesota Investment Fund) that have created jobs and spurred millions of dollars in private investment throughout the state. While Minnesota has a budget surplus, the Jobs bill cuts back programs to create more tax cuts for corporations and the super-rich instead of investing in all Minnesotans. (more…)

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: March 30, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Neighbors and Friends,

Our third committee deadline is Friday, and there will be a flurry of activity in committees and on the House floor this week. Many visitors from the district have also been stopping in to discuss various issues. Here is an update from the Capitol:

House Omnibus Bills

The House is taking up the Omnibus Tax and Environment bills today and the Omnibus Education and Transportation bills on Friday. These bills fund specific issue areas. (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: March 21, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbors,

I wanted to remind you that I am joining Sen. Melissa Wiklund tonight at the town hall meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters to hear your concerns and ideas to best represent Bloomington in the Legislature.

League of Women Voters – Town Hall
Tuesday, March 21st   
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza
            1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
            Bloomington, MN 55431

I hope to see you there. If you can’t make it please call my office with any legislative concerns that you have. Your input is valuable. 

Sincerely,

Andrew Carlson

State Representative

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: March 16, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

Our first committee deadline has passed and we are into another week as the second deadline draws near on Friday. Here is an update from the Capitol:

HF5 vs MinnesotaCare Buy-In

On Monday, the House passed a Republican reinsurance plan that will favor insurance companies over the health of Minnesotans. House File 5 creates a program to subsidize insurance companies. The measure establishes an 11 member board to administer the program – with a majority of board members representing insurance companies – to backfill the cost of large health care claims. The program would be funded by the Health Care Access Fund, which currently funds MinnesotaCare. The Republican author also said he doesn’t know the impact of their bill, meaning a nearly $400 million giveaway to insurance companies with no guarantee it will reduce premiums, stabilize the market, or increase access for Minnesotans. (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: March 6, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative UpdateHello Bloomington Neighbors,

I just wanted to pass along a quick note about the State Capitol Grand Opening Essay Contest for students in grades 3 – 12. The contest is looking for students to submit essays explaining how the State Capitol shapes our collective past and how it impacts future generations. I’ve included more details about the contest below.

Sincerely,

Andrew Carson
State Representative

About the State Capitol Essay Contest

The re-opening of the historic Minnesota State Capitol is an opportunity for Minnesotans from every corner of the state and all walks of life to celebrate “My Minnesota Capitol.” As part of the re-opening festivities, Minnesota students are asked to consider the following prompts and craft an essay about one of them: (more…)

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