Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

I hope all is well and just want to update you with some notebook items.

First of all, congratulations to the Minnewaska school district for earning a $25,000 safe-driving award from State Farm Insurance. Waska was one of just four national winners!

As for news from St. Paul, the Office of Minnesota Management and Budget issued a new economic forecast on Thursday. It calls for a projected state surplus of more than $1 billion through 2016-17.

There are a couple of ways to look at this. On one hand, it is great news that we will have some wiggle room as we set a new two-year state budget during the 2015 session. On the other hand, it indicates hard-working Minnesotans have paid too much in taxes.

The key in 2015 will be to strike a balance. My approach will be to set a budget that funds our priorities without increasing taxes. Just two years ago the current House majority passed the largest tax increase our state has ever seen. That turned into rising revenue for the state, but families have not had the same luxury since earnings have remained flat.

A top priority in the upcoming legislative session should be to provide those people with tax relief instead of rushing out to find new ways to spend their money.

We also should keep in mind our new economic forecast merely provides us with a sketch of budget parameters. Things can change before our next forecast, due in February. That report will serve as the official set of numbers as we set a new budget.

Take care, hope you are getting those Christmas lights up and we’ll be back soon with more news.

Sincerely,

Paul

FRANSON NAMED VICE CHAIR

ST. PAUL – House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) announced today that Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) will serve as the Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Policy Committee for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity to have a hand in crafting legislation to help our state’s agriculture community. One out of five jobs in Minnesota are agriculture-related. We need to look at ways to ease the burden on our farmers and help grow the agriculture industry,” said Franson. “I’m also thrilled that both of the agriculture committees in the House will be chaired by legislators from Greater Minnesota, not Minneapolis.”

Franson will serve alongside House Agriculture Policy Committee Chairman Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck), a farmer who represents the area just south of Franson’s district.

December meeting

The next meeting of the Douglas County Republicans is Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30pm, at the Hampton Inn in Alexandria, next to the Broadway ballroom. The address is 2705 S Broadway, In Alexandria. This is our annual Christmas get-together.

Happy Thanksgiving

Rep. Paul Anderson:

Dear Neighbor,

Greetings from the Andersons as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week. We wish you and yours a nice holiday and hope you get to spend extra time in the company of friends and family.

As for things at the Capitol, we are busy putting things in place so we can hit the ground running once the 2015 session starts Jan. 6. Part of that involves setting up our committee structure as the new Republican majority prepares to take office in the House. Committee leaders have been set and I am very pleased to accept the position as chair of the House Agriculture Policy Committee.

Agriculture is an incredibly important element in our area and, as a farmer, I understand the challenges we face and look forward to addressing them. At the end of this email is a news release we recently sent to the local media announcing my new position and highlighting just a few areas where we want to make improvements.

Please continue to provide me with your thoughts, ideas and concerns as we work toward the start of the new session. I will keep you posted with more frequent updates now that election-season rules regarding emails like this have been lifted.

Until then, happy Thanksgiving and please be careful out on the roads if you plan to travel.

Sincerely,

Paul

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Rep. Mary Franson

Dear neighbor,

With Thanksgiving approaching, I want to take a moment to pause and reflect upon the things in life for which I’m thankful.

I’m quite grateful for the blessing of being able to live in a country where brave men and women risk their lives to protect the freedoms and liberties we hold dear.

I’m thankful for the family, friends, and neighbors who have enriched my life with their love, support, and prayers.

And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to be your voice at the Capitol.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Mary

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Bill Ingebrigtsen:

Thanksgiving is one of the few truly American holidays. Originally celebrated by new immigrants, it has become a time for self scrutiny and appreciation for our lot in life. This fall, we should pause to truly give thanks for how blessed we all are.

We Minnesotans still have a lot of things to be thankful. Minnesota leads the nation in education, healthcare, home ownership, medical discovery, literacy rate – the list goes on. We have a high quality of life in Minnesota, and we all benefit from maintaining it.

Certainly there are many issues that can, and must, be improved. As your state senator, I will work every day to continue to ensure that our quality of life is something for which we can all be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from Marilyn and I!

Sincerely,

Bill