Jul 01, 2017
Originally posted on ABC Newspapers | emphasis added by SD35GOP
To the Editor:
Recently, the legislature completed our balanced budget, and the governor signed all of our budget bills into law. With $650 million in tax relief, billions for roads and bridges, increased education funding, and the prioritization of local projects, this session was a victory for our area and for the state as a whole.
On the transportation front, we passed the largest investment in our road and bridge infrastructure ever without a tax increase. We were able to do this in part by redirecting some general fund dollars (from existing transportation-related revenues) toward transportation projects.
Our tax relief package includes more than $650 million in meaningful middle-class tax relief for families, seniors on social security, college graduates with student loan debt, farmers and businesses across the state. To put this in perspective, this is the biggest tax cut for Minnesotans in nearly two decades!
We’re extremely proud of the schools in our district, and the education they deliver to our young learners. To ensure their continued success, we’ll invest $1.3 billion more into schools which puts more money in every classroom across Minnesota. Along with this new funding, we also passed reforms to make sure we have the best, most capable teachers leading our classrooms. Our plan puts Minnesota students in a position to succeed for years to come.
Lastly, we had some smaller provisions that were signed into law that are important to our districts. Funding to clean up the WDE Landfill, money to fix the Hanson Blvd. rail crossing, and increased dollars toward safety and security renovations at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center are all projects that received funding in our bonding bill.
We’ve appreciated listening to residents of our district, and being a voice for them at the Capitol. Looking back, this was a historic session that saw bipartisan compromise lead to middle class tax relief, new transportation funding, and more money for students in every corner of the state.
Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover
Rep. Abigail Whelan, R-Ramsey