Legislative Report

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Dear Friends, The 2024 legislative session kicked off this week. While it is great to be back at the Capitol representing the best, Democrats are wasting no time in pushing their expensive and extreme agenda. From failing to return SROs to school to new gun legislation, it has been a busy first...
State Representative Mike Wiener, R-Long Prairie, released the following statement on the first week of the 2024 legislative session: “Minnesotans have seen and felt the consequences of one-party control with soaring inflation rates, billions of dollars in new taxes, and dozens of controversial...
Dear Friends, With the new legislative session just a little over a week away, I am getting excited to return to St. Paul for the opportunity to represent the best and stand up for our way of life. Democrats, with their one-party control of our state, will surely once again push forward their...
Dear Neighbors, The 2023 legislative session concluded late last month, and it will most likely be remembered for the massive increase in state spending (more than 40 percent) while raising taxes by $10 billion despite a $17.5 billion state surplus. In terms of real numbers, the new two-year budget...
Dear Friends, I was proud to fight all session long for funding for the Geneva-L’Homme Dieu boat channel. This critical funding will be used to expand the culvert, allowing more boats to use it. I was disappointed, however, that this important project was tucked into a bonding bill that was chock...
The Minnesota House of Representatives gave final approval on Monday to legislation that provides funding for a variety of projects around the state with a heavy emphasis on public infrastructure like clean water, wastewater treatment, roads, bridges, flood mitigation, and preservation of state-...
Dear Neighbors, Once again, House Democrats have voted to significantly raise taxes on every business and every person in Minnesota that earns a paycheck. Earlier this week, they approved a plan that would create a mandatory, government-run paid leave program funded by tax increases on virtually...
Dear Neighbors, Once again, House Democrats have voted to significantly raise taxes on every business and every person in Minnesota that earns a paycheck. Earlier this week, they approved a plan that would create a mandatory, government-run paid leave program funded by tax increases on virtually...
Dear Neighbors, Yesterday, the House debated and voted on the final budget bills of the 2023 legislative session. Now that each of these bills has received initial approval, they will head to conference committees where differences between the Senate and House versions of these bills will be hashed...
Dear Friends,   My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pope County Deputy Josh Owen who lost his life responding to a domestic call Saturday night. This was a tragic reminder of the dangers that our public safety professionals face protecting our communities. Please join me in praying for...

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