Monthly Archives: May 2014

Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

It’s been nice to return home since the 2014 legislative session concluded late last Friday night.

I’ve had more time to talk with local folks about the issues, get in the field and, of course, spend more time with Faith.

The first major holiday of the summer season is upon us with Memorial Day around the corner. It’s a time when we all should stop to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by those who answered the call to defend our country.

I saw an Internet site which reports there are 21.2 million military veterans in the United States (as of 2012). What those men and women did, what they fought for, was to ensure that the United States of America remains the greatest country in the world.

We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. I encourage you to take a moment this weekend to share their legacy with children. The story of our soldiers deserves to be told so future generations understand what great sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces have made in order to achieve and preserve our freedom.

The weather seems to have finally straightened out. Cold temps throughout springtime have slowed down those crops that have been planted and excess moisture has kept farmers from making much planting progress at all in some areas.

My guess is that corn acres not planted by the end of the month will probably be switched to soybeans. The northern tier of states has the biggest problem with delayed planting while the major corn belt areas have nearly wrapped up.

Be safe this weekend, stay in touch and let’s pray for weather that will help our crops.

Sincerely,

Paul

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Senator Westrom, Senator Ingebrigtsen, Representative Anderson, Representative Franson To Hold Town Hall Meeting

(ST. PAUL, MN) State Senator Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) along with Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), Representative Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck) and Representative Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss and give wrap up of the 2014 legislative session that recently adjourned and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents. Everyone is invited to attend.

The schedule for the town hall meeting is as follows:

When: Tuesday, May 27th from 8:30AM – 10:30AM

Where: Travelers Inn Restaurant

Address: 511 Broadway St.
Alexandria MN 56308
(320)-763-4000

Feel free to contact Senator Westrom by calling 651-296-3826, by emailing him at sen.torrey.westrom@senate.mn, or by sending mail to his Senate office at 107 State Office Building Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155.

End Of Session Update

Dear Friends,
The legislative session has come and gone. It was a very fast paced session with very little time to slow down.

I was very disappointed with some parts of the session, while very pleased with others. For
highlights please read the back side.

It remains an honor and a privilege to serve as your state senator. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns

Bonding Bill Brings Much Needed Investment
This year’s bonding provided much needed funds for our district. A local project in Alexandria which I introduced to the legislature acquired funds to redevelop the old Jefferson High School. This project will be vital to brining jobs and business into the Alexandria area.

Another important issue that was addressed the Minnesota Security Hospital. This hospital houses Minnesota’s sex offenders and mentally ill. This facility, which was in total disrepair, will receive funds that will allow for a safe working environment for the folks that deal with these people on a daily basis.

That being said, I wish the DFL leadership would have included even more funding for our roads and bridges. It is time we made substantial investments into our state’s infrastructure.

5% Campaign Succeeds!
This year the legislature approved an increase in funding to pay the folks who take care of our elderly and vulnerable. The bill gathered broad bipartisan support.

This bill which I voted in favor of was the first pay increase in a very long time for people who really deserve it.

Second Amendment Holds Strong!
This year there were also no major attacks on our Second Amendment freedoms. After the year that we experienced last year with continued assaults from the metro DFL, this was great to see. The Second Amendment’s presence in the halls of your Capitol is very strong indeed.

Much Needed Tax Relief Approved!
Republicans and Democrats worked together this session to repeal mistakes that were
made in the 2013 “over taxation” session; when Democrats raised taxes over $2.1 billion. Reforms were made to repeal harmful taxes to individuals, families, farmers and businesses. I fully supported repealing these taxes, even though I wish more cuts would have been included.

Concerns on New Senate Office Building
This session I introduced legislation to repeal a new 76 million dollar Senate Office Building.
This building which was approved in the 2013 tax bill had only one Republican vote. My main concern revolves around the misguided priorities the supporters of this bill have, for instance the $76 million could have gone to funding firefighters, teachers or even nursing homes. We could have taken that money and invested it into our roads and bridges, not extravagant offices for politicians.

Highlights of Bills Authored and Co-Authored this session• Bluffton City Aid Authorization
• New Senate Office Repealer
• Alexandria Jefferson High Redevelopment
• Low-Income Energy Assistance Appropriation
• General Property Tax Levy Phaseout
• Repeal Legislator “Get Out Of Jail Free Card”

Also as a reminder I will be having town halls this Friday (8A) and next Tuesday (8B). Also if you would like to see my session wrap up I have attached a digital copy,

Thanks,

Bill

Bill Ingebrigtsen
State Senator
District 8
Office Phone Number
651-297-8063

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Law Enforcement Day

Law Enforcement Day
I was honored, with Representative Nornes, to celebrate Law Enforcement Day at the Capitol.

Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
Phone: 651-297-8063