Eliminate state taxes on Social Security benefits (2/15/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/15/2019

Hello from St. Paul,

Last year I held a meeting with senior citizens at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. To a person, they told me they wished they had more money to spend from their Social Security checks.

I explained that they were not alone, and that the Legislature had begun to tackle the problem.

During the 2017 session, lawmakers approved a bipartisan tax relief law that addressed Social Security, providing nearly 284,000 senior citizen tax filers with tax reductions, and 72,000 of them no longer pay any state income tax on their Social Security benefits.

This session I am chief-authoring legislation that would eliminate state taxes on Social Security benefits for ALL senior citizens. My bill would benefit nearly 358,000 Minnesotans who would average savings of nearly $1,100 each from the elimination.

On February 14, my bill was debated in the Minnesota House Taxes Committee, and was held over for possible inclusion in a more comprehensive taxes bill that will be unveiled later this year.

To me, there is no good reason to financially punish senior citizens. They’ve paid into the system their entire lives and the State of Minnesota shouldn’t be relying on them to help fund government programs. I believe it’s time to end this unjust law.

INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS

In order to help students who are struggling as well as schools who need resources to help them, I am chief-authoring legislation that would increase funding for state mental health grants for schools.

The number of students dealing with mental health problems in our schools continues to rise. Minnesota is way behind much of the country when it comes to employing school psychologists and mental health professionals.

My bill would increase mental health grant funds by $10 million a year, allowing more schools to bring in professionals to work with students who are in need of help. Current funding is $11 million a year.

I have spoken to both Hastings Schools Superintendent Tim Collins and South Washington County Schools Superintendent Keith Jacobus on this topic, and both are supportive of addressing student mental health.

Expanding mental health services in our schools is a critical component of school safety and improving outcomes for Minnesota students, and will also assist parents who don’t know where to turn for help for their child.

Many troubled kids who need help either don’t have health insurance or have a poor health plan, so their parents don’t seek assistance for financial reasons. We all want children to succeed in life. If we are able to reach kids in the schools who are dealing with untreated mental health issues, we greatly improve their chances at success in the classroom and beyond.

LACK OF FEDERAL SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING BECOMING A CRISIS

If you ask school leaders what contributes to funding woes within their district, you’ll likely hear about the lack of funding for special education.

In 1978, laws were written stating the federal government would fund 40 percent of special education services to the states.

It’s never come close to holding up its end of the bargain.

Currently, Minnesota receives roughly 10 percent of what it needs from Washington. In addition to state funding, districts are forced to use general funds that are allocated to them from state government.

Don’t get me wrong, the schools are doing the right thing. The problem is, the federal government’s failure ultimately impacts all students. Because the district is forced to spend more state dollars on special education, money that could be available for other programming is eliminated. You don’t close the achievement gap from the top down; you do it by raising all students up.

As a member of the K-12 Education Finance Division, I’ve heard the alarming statistics. Consider autism programing, just one segment of special education. In the last six years, Minnesota has seen a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of students on the autism spectrum. And in the last 11 years, the cost of educating each student with autism has risen by nearly 40 percent.

That’s unsustainable. There might be light at the end of this tunnel, but it’s coming in the form of a freight train that’s going to hit schools head-on.

I recently met with Congresswoman Craig who said the special education cross subsidy issue is also important to her, and that she is working with Minnesota Congressman Stauber on this issue. This is good news. Hopefully we’ll see some needed action from the federal government on this matter because it must step up and honor its special education responsibility to our schools.

In other news, Almanac did a story with me regarding my time in high school. Click here to watch my “Back to School” story.

My discussion on KDWA’s In Depth program aired this week, with conversation regarding the Special Education Cross Subsidy, recreational marijuana, and many other topics. Click here to listen.

Christy, Beth and Michelle from Regina Hospital in Hastings attended Chief Nurses Officers Day at the Capitol with Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing and stopped in to talk about nurse shortages and workplace safety.

Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik was at the Capitol with the Association of Minnesota Counties and he stopped in to talk about Dakota County legislative priorities that include bonding, transportation and housing.

Hastings resident Grace Bauer, a student at Hamline University visited about grants to help students pay for post-secondary education. Grace was in Show Choir while at Hastings High and is studying Marketing and Communications at Hamline.

The House Capital Investment Committee toured the new home of Minnesota United FC, the 19,400 seat privately funded Allianz Field soccer stadium in St. Paul. Team owner Dr. Bill McGuire and Mortenson Construction representatives led the tour. The Major League Soccer season will start in April on the location of the former Metro Bus garage near Snelling Ave, University Ave and I-94.

Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Meierotto of Afton paid a visit to discuss a number of different issues.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
E-mail: rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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Increase funding for state mental health grants for schools (2/8/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/8/2019

Hello from St. Paul,

In order to help students who are struggling as well as schools who are seeking the resources to help them, I am sponsoring legislation that would increase funding for state mental health grants for schools.

Minnesota is way behind much of the country when it comes to employing school psychologists and mental health professionals. Mental health issues can be found throughout our society and the schools are no exception to that. Students need to have the help that they deserve.

The legislation would increase mental health grant funds by $10 million a year, allowing more schools to bring in professionals to work with students who are in need of help. Current funding is $11 million a year.

Expanding mental health services in our schools is a critical component of school safety and improving outcomes for Minnesota students, and will also assist parents who don’t know where to turn for help for their child.

Many of these kids who need help either don’t have health insurance or have a poor health plan, so their parents don’t seek assistance for financial reasons. We all want children to succeed in life. If we are able to reach kids in the schools who are dealing with untreated mental health issues, we greatly improve their chances at success in the classroom and beyond.

The bill has been referred to the Minnesota House Education Finance Division for debate.

This week, constituent Ruth Ann Michnay visited for CPA Day with the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants at the Capitol advocating for Federal Conformity (no surprise there) including the estate tax, Section 179 as well as Federal Partnership Audit Conformity.

Physical Therapy student Matt Goecke from Cottage Grove visited with the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association to discuss physical therapy alternatives to opioids, early access to physical therapy and disability parking permits.

It’s nice to know neighboring counties, both in my district, work together. Washington County Community Development Agency Executive Director Barbara Dacy and Dakota County Community Development Agency Executive Director Tony Schertler visited to talk about housing needs including preventing homelessness, controlling costs to provide affordable rental homes and preparing first time home buyers.

rep tony jurgens paul bunyans axe

I also attended State of the City addresses in both Hastings and Cottage Grove this week.

Finally, Paul Bunyan’s Axe visited the Capitol.

This is the trophy the Gopher football team brought home by beating Wisconsin 37-15 for the first time in 15 years. It was nice to hold a piece of football rivalry history.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
E-mail: rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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Thanks to Hastings Bus Company (2/1/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/1/2019

Hello from St. Paul,

Last week I talked to you about the homeless residents in Hastings, a population few of us were aware existed.

A brief update on that story. With some of the coldest temperatures in decades hitting Minnesota this week, the need to provide shelter to these folks in need was critical. I spoke to Amber from Ally Supportive Services earlier in the week, where I learned a church in Mahtomedi was opening its doors for several days to anyone who needed to escape the cold. What was needed: transportation.

I put in a call to Pat Regan of the Hastings Bus Company to see what they could do to help. I’m pleased to report that details were worked out and several homeless residents were able to get a break from the deadly winter temperatures at the church – and those that didn’t go to the church did find shelter. My thanks to Mike Karlen at Hastings Bus Company and to all involved who made this happen.

In other news, our House Capital Investment Committee approved a bill that ensures a clean water fund will be moving forward. Last session we approved a bonding bill that allocated $98 million to clean water grant programs. Under the proposal, the funding was scheduled to come from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust fund rather than general obligation bonds. But that met with some resistance and resulted in a lawsuit that delayed the projects. To expedite the process the committee voted to use general obligation bonds instead of ENRT appropriation bonds. I expect it will be debated on the House floor in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, I was pleased to attend a ribbon-cutting at Planet Fitness in Cottage Grove.

Planet Fitness is operating in part of the former Home Depot building. I was on the Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority when agreements were negotiated to redevelop this site that now includes Hy Vee, TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Planet Fitness, with more still to come.

Cottage Grove Fire Chief Rick Redenius was at the Capitol for Fire Service Day to talk about issues important to Minnesota Fire Fighters like phasing out carcinogenic flame retardants and allowing municipalities the ability to create fire protection districts.

A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota, Inc. held “Biker Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, always one of my favorites.

Several members of the St. Croix Valley Riders stopped in to advocate for tougher distracted driving laws, 3-wheel endorsement laws and more.

On Thursday, Reverend Dan Yeazel of First Presbyterian Church of Hastings served as “Chaplain for the Day” during our House floor session and did a great job.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 5th grader Henry Marthaler invited me to Hastings to visit his school as part of Catholic Schools week.

As the weather shortened the week, today was the only day I could make it. But it was a good day to visit as I was able to watch students take part in a Geography Bee.

As both of my girls attended SEAS, its always fun for me to visit and see some of the teachers and staff who were there when my daughters attended, and to learn about the exciting things that are currently happening at the school.

I also spoke with KDWA this week on a number of topics, including education and homelessness. Click here to listen.

Finally, the Hastings High School Varsity Show Choir Riverside Company was awarded Best Band, Best Choreography, and Best Vocals at an event in Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations on your Grand Champion win!

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
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I always appreciate visiting with constituents (1/25/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/25/2019

Hello from St. Paul,

Thousands participated in a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday to support the unborn, 46 years after the United States Supreme Court legalized abortions nationwide. A number of residents from our district were part of the group, and I always appreciate visiting with constituents when they visit St. Paul.

Dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle attended.

According to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the rally is designed to commemorate the lives lost to abortion (and the women and men who have been hurt as a result) and to call for renewed respect and protection for all members of the human family, including unborn children and their mothers.

Also this week, I joined Amber from Ally Supportive Services and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik in a point-in-time homeless count.

Many of us don’t realize we have a homeless population in Hastings. The problem isn’t nearly as serious as it would be in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but it is a problem nonetheless for those without reliable shelter – particularly when the temperatures are below freezing.

This was an eye-opening experience for me, as it would be for anyone. We visited with a number of residents, and spent almost an hour with one couple. We heard about their struggles, not only with finding housing but also in dealing with life’s struggles including mental health and addiction.

Some good news, Amber and her organization do an outstanding job not only in locating these residents throughout Dakota County but also in establishing a level of trust with them. She also tells me local police do a good job of ensuring their safety.

As a new member of the Minnesota House Housing Committee, learning more about the homeless issue and talking to those who are struggling locally was critical. Raising awareness is also important, and I look forward to working on solutions to homelessness in the very near future.

Last night, I was pleased to attend the Hastings Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards dinner, and was happy to present Educator of the Year Kari Jaeger, Volunteer of the Year Ellie Lundquist, and Business of the Year Millner Family Chiropractic with House resolutions honoring their achievements.

On Friday, I visited with officials from Marathon Refinery in St. Paul Park, learning how the company prioritizes employee and community safety, and has ongoing, open communication and cooperation with local emergency personnel.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
E-mail: rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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About lowering health care costs (1/18/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/18/2019

Hello from the State Capitol,

According to residents I heard from last fall, the top political issue in Minnesota is lowering health care costs. It’s likely to be the top political issue at the State Capitol this year as well, as it should be.

I’ve heard Gov. Pawlenty use a three legged stool analogy when describing health care, consisting of quality of care, access to care, and cost of care. We have some of the best quality of care here in Minnesota and right now, most areas of the state have access to care. The cost of care is the leg that is still out of whack. The goal for every lawmaker this session is to improve the cost of care without damaging access and quality in the process.

Two weeks into session, I can already see we’re going to have some interesting discussions.

For example, a debate has already begun regarding the provider tax. The tax, also referred to as the sick tax – is a two percent tax levied on most patient services in Minnesota, such as doctor visits. It was eliminated as part of bipartisan legislation passed by a Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton in 2011. On January 1, this tax on patient services will disappear.

Or maybe not. Governor Walz has already said it a “nonstarter” to end the tax, and the DFL House Health and Human Services Finance Chair said it was “essential” to restore the tax or replace its revenue, which currently helps fund programs such as MinnesotaCare. If the Legislature revisits this topic, does not allow the tax to sunset and reinstates it, the cost to patients is estimated at more than $600 million a year.

Speaking of MinnesotaCare, which is a state health insurance program available for low income residents who cannot afford MNsure, legislation has already been introduced to expand this program as a buy-in option for those on the individual market.

Proponents see this as a cure-all to Minnesota’s individual market ills. Opponents note the low reimbursement rates associated with the program would make it difficult, if not impossible, for some health care providers and hospitals to stay afloat (which would impact access to care in some parts of the state); would negatively impact the private insurance market; and take another major step towards government-run health care.

The key will be finding a solution that ensures a program remains in place to help those in need.

Finally, there is the issue of reinsurance. From 2014-2017, average rates on the individual market increased by double digits every year, including up to 67 percent for 2017. That’s why lawmakers approved a reinsurance plan two years ago. It was designed to stabilize premiums by mitigating the impact of high-risk individuals, or those who are the most sick, on the individual health insurance market.

It worked. Last year all five carriers on the individual market lowered premiums for 2019, with average rates dropping between 7.4 percent and 27.7 percent.

Despite this, reinsurance was a hot topic in many House election campaigns – mine included. Under the guidance of now-Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman, reinsurance was labeled as bad news, mischaracterized as giving insurance companies a $500 million blank check “with virtually no strings attached.”

Yet at a recent Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner, Hortman was asked if reinsurance should be continued. She said “yes.”

If you enjoy political drama, the possibility now exists that those who ran against reinsurance on the campaign trail could now end up voting for it. Stay tuned.

Politics and legislation aside, understand that every Republican and Democrat at the State Capitol wants to improve your health care and lower your costs. The tough part will be deciding how we go about it while maintaining the quality and access of care. I look forward to seeing how these proposals progress through the committee process, and will keep you updated as session moves forward.

This week I took part in number of local meetings, participating in the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce reception, and a legislative priorities meeting that was hosted by the City of Cottage Grove. One of the topics there was addressing concerns with the 3M settlement and using some of those funds for filtration systems within Cottage Grove, something that will be discussed again in the very near future.

Finally I was pleased to take part in a Cottage Grove ribbon cutting at the new Sushi Cafe.

Stop in for sushi, delicious bubble tea or a hibachi entree. They’re located in the center behind Kohl’s near Jimmy John’s and Anytime Fitness.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
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The first week of the session (1/11/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/11/2019

Hello from St. Paul,

State lawmakers have returned to the State Capitol for the 2019 session and our work has begun. On January 8, all of the newly-elected state representatives were sworn into office on the Minnesota House floor.

It is such an honor to represent the people of Hastings, Cottage Grove, Afton, Denmark Township and Nininger Township, and I’m so grateful to have earned their trust for another two years.

The first week of session is usually not action-packed in terms of legislation being debated in committee or on the House floor. I did introduce a pair of bills. The first eliminates income taxes on Social Security benefits for all senior citizens. Last session we approved a law that helped tens of thousands of seniors keep more of their benefits, and I’m looking to continue that effort by helping the rest who did not qualify under that law. I spoke with the new chairman of the House Taxes Committee and he was receptive to giving my bill a hearing this year. The second bill would end lunch shaming in our schools.

But plenty of interesting events took place outside of the Capitol walls this week. For example, I was able to attend a dedication and ribbon cutting for a new 64-unit independent living and 75 unit skilled nurse & memory care service at Presbyterian Homes Norris Square Senior Living Community in Cottage Grove. It was a pleasure to speak at the ceremony.

I was also able to attend the swearing-in ceremony for new Hastings Mayor Mary Fasbender, and sit with members of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Session Priorities dinner.

Today, I met with local leaders, YMCA representatives, and parents of Hastings High School students who are taking part in the Youth in Government program this weekend at the State Capitol.

These folks were able to tour the Capitol and learn more about the Youth in Government program.

Finally I enjoyed attending the Association of Metropolitan School Districts Legislative Session Preview, and I also took part in the bipartisan, bicameral panel discussion on health care costs and issues at the One Minnesota Legislative Policy Conference at U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

As with any new year, there are changes at the Capitol. You may remember my previous legislative assistants Micah and Nicole. This year I’ll be working with Josh Solano.

When you visit my office or call to set up an appointment, Josh is likely the first person you’ll see, so feel free to stop by and say hello!

Along those lines, you can call 651-296-3135 or email rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn to set up that appointment, or to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with me. My new office is located in Room 351 of the State Office Building.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
E-mail: rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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I spoke with our incoming governor (1/4/2019)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/4/2019

Happy New Year!

On Thursday, I was pleased to visit rural Hastings constituent Bill Sorg’s dairy farm in Nininger Township, a location where Governor-elect Walz announced his choices for a number of cabinet positions within his new administration.

Bill Sorg dairy farm in Nininger Township

Following the announcement, I spoke with our incoming governor for a few minutes and both of us shared a strong desire to set partisanship aside this session and to work together in the best interests of Minnesotans.

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This event will surely be a special memory for the Sorg family and their friends, and I’m always glad when a local resident can be honored for their accomplishments. You might recall that in 2009 the Bill and Randy Sorg families were named Dakota County’s “Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota, so I’m glad they were once again recognized as leaders in agriculture.

In other news, I just wanted to remind everyone about my listening sessions that will be taking place Saturday.

The events will be held at the following times and locations tomorrow, January 5:

  • Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. East, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway South, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Afton City Hall, 3033 St Croix Trail S, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Senator Bigham will join me at the Hastings gathering.

I’m holding these listening sessions earlier this year as I wanted to give residents the opportunity to share the topics that are important to them before session begins. I’m hopeful you will take some time Saturday morning to attend the session that best fits your schedule and share your thoughts.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
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An early Christmas present (12/7/2018)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 12/7/2018

Happy Holidays! As this is my first update since Election Day, I wanted to thank you for allowing me to continue serving as your voice in the Minnesota House. I am humbled by your support and once again look forward to fighting for the needs of Hastings, Cottage Grove, Afton Denmark Township and Nininger Township in St. Paul.

An early Christmas present has already arrived at the State Capitol, as we recently learned that Minnesota’s latest fiscal forecast shows a budget surplus of $1.544 billion for the next two year budget cycle. This likely continues the four year trend where lawmakers have not had to eliminate a budget deficit.

Of this amount, $491 million will be sent to our budget reserve account, which now contains more than $2 billion. That means just over $1 billion will remain for the Legislature to allocate before next session ends.

Keep in mind, this surplus exists because the State’s revenue collections – or taxes you paid to state government – exceeds the amount of anticipated expenses. Also remember that in early March we will receive an updated forecast that will be the official benchmark used by the Legislature as it moves forward and sets the budget for the next two years.

So if the positive economic trends continue or even improve, what should be done with this money? Last session we approved historic tax relief proposals, and I think more of them should be given consideration this session, particularly when it comes to eliminating taxation on Social Security benefits. Using some of the surplus on road and bridge repair needs might also make sense.

One thing is for sure: with this projected budget surplus we should not be thinking about any tax increases this session.

This positive news shows that a lot of the policies we enacted over the past two years are paying off. Legislative Republicans and the Governor’s Office will likely battle over who should accept credit for this surplus, but rather than focusing on that, I believe we should just agree that this surplus is a good thing and recognize that Minnesotans will benefit from last session’s work.

With the 2019 session less than a month away, I already have a handful of bills that I’m ready to submit for consideration. These proposals will center on veterans, senior citizens, and students, as well as local issues. I’ll share more information on those in the coming weeks following their official introductions.

But I also want to hear from you, so mark your calendars! On Saturday, January 5 I will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the district. I wanted to hold these before session begins and give residents the opportunity to discuss the topics that are important to them. The sessions will take place from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. East; 10:00 – 11:00 at the Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway South; and 11:30 – 12:30 at the Afton City Hall, 3033 St. Croix Trail South.

Senator Bigham has a previous engagement and will be unable to attend, so we are hoping to hold joint town meetings sometime after session begins.

At a recent council meeting, it was my honor to present outgoing Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks with a Minnesota House resolution recognizing his leadership and service to the community. Paul not only served 28 years as mayor and city council member, but he also serves in a nonpartisan capacity in the Minnesota House with the Chief Clerk’s Office and does great work there as well. Congratulations Mayor Hicks on a job well done.

Congratulations are also in order for Mayor Richard Bend and Councilman Joe Richter of Afton, who are also stepping away from city leadership. Please join me in thanking them both for their commitment to the residents of Afton.

As always, I am available to respond to your thoughts and concerns. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail at rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3135 to share your input. I look forward to hearing from you!

Talk to you soon,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
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The session may be over but … (7/20/2018)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 7/20/2018

Hello from the State Capitol,

Session may be over but constituents are still visiting the Capitol! On Wednesday I was pleased to meet children and staff from KinderCare in Cottage Grove and show them around the Capitol complex.

Also, the end of this week marks our 60th day since the end of the 2018 session. At that point, lawmakers are prohibited from sending out any email updates until November.

That said, I am always available to answer questions or comments. You can reach me at rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn at any time.

The Rivertown Days celebration has begun in Hastings, and I will be around most of the weekend for many of the festivities. Also, this year’s National Night Out is August 7. If your neighborhood is planning a get-together and you’d like me to stop by, please contact my office at 651-296-3135 or send me an email at rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn and I’ll try my best to make it to your event.

Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you in the days and weeks ahead!

Talk to you soon,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
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Many good provisions were lost (7/13/2018)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 7/13/2018

Hello from St. Paul,

July is a typically a month when many new laws take effect. This year Governor Dayton vetoed our omnibus supplemental budget bill which means many good provisions – funding for our schools, tax relief and conformed state and federal tax laws – were lost.

That said, several others pieces of legislation did become law earlier this month, and if you’re interested in learning more about them please click here.

An update on road construction. Those of you traveling in the Cottage Grove and Afton areas have likely noticed Highway 95 is down for repair between Bailey Road and 70th Street. A number of safety improvements are being made here, including widening shoulders, constructing turn lanes, and resurfacing. Work is expected to be completed by September 7.

Hastings residents have likely noticed County Road 46 is also under repair. The resurfacing between County Road 85 and General Sieben Drive is expected to be completed Saturday. The next stretch to be improved – General Sieben Drive to Pine Street – is expected to begin in mid-July, with the entire project up to Highway 61 expected to be finished by mid-August.

As always, your thoughts on issues related to state government are welcome. Please email me at rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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