The 2018 legislative session has come to an end, and lawmakers worked on a number of important, bipartisan initiatives that we sent to Governor Dayton’s desk for signature.
Our supplemental bill includes measures to fund school safety and student mental health, to address vulnerable adult maltreatment, to invest in our road and bridge infrastructure, to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, to prevent cuts to caregivers who care for disabled Minnesotans, and more. Our bonding bill includes funding for local projects like flood mitigation for Thief River Falls, improvements at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and funding for the North Country Food Bank which serves families in need throughout Northwest Minnesota. It also includes money for three new critically-needed veterans homes in Greater Minnesota.
Tax conformity was another critical issue for Minnesotans after the federal overhaul of our tax code last year. Governor Dayton expressed that his top priority was helping school districts facing budget shortfalls, and he would not sign a tax bill without additional education funding. That’s why in compromise, we combined those two issues, passing a bipartisan bill that provides the first income tax rate reduction for Minnesotans in nearly twenty years, ensures folks won’t face undue complications when going to file their taxes next year, and makes available more than $225 million to help students—nearly $100 million more than what Governor Dayton requested.
Throughout the process, we made sincere efforts to compromise with the governor and get bills to his desk that were priorities for folks across our state. We are asking Governor Dayton to sign these bills for the good of Minnesota. We'd encourage you to call his office and ask him to do the same.
District 1A State Rep. Dan Fabian,
District 1B State Rep. Deb Kiel,
District 1 State Sen. Mark Johnson,
R-East Grand Forks