By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 4/5/2019
Hello from the State Capitol,
This week, Governor Tim Walz gave his first State of the State Address in the Minnesota House. I was joined at the event by Hastings High School teacher Mike Harp.
Following the address, Mr. Harp and I attended a Capitol reception and had the opportunity to meet with Governor Walz. My thanks to Mr. Harp for making the trip to St. Paul!
In the Minnesota House, omnibus spending bills – which are the proposals that will fund state government over the next two years – are being brought forward by our Democratic House majority.
In the Education Finance Division where I serve, the bill has been reviewed and sent to its next committee. Their transportation funding proposal includes a 20-cent per gallon gas tax increase, which if my emails are any indication, is strongly opposed by drivers in Dakota and Washington counties. And I’m not quite sure what to say yet about the health and human services bill, as it is 998 pages long. I know some people in the past have complained loudly about the use of omnibus bills and their overall size; these folks should know a change in party leadership hasn’t changed the way business is conducted in the House one bit.
I will keep you updated on these proposals as they move forward.
On Monday, Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, visited Minnesota.
A reception in his honor was held at the Governor’s residence in St. Paul hosted by Gov. Walz and the First Lady Gwen Walz.
You also may recall I was honored to have been asked to visit a number of local schools in February to read to students as part of “I Love to Read” month. Well you can imagine my surprise when I received dozens of handmade thank you cards this week from the students at Pine Hill Elementary in Cottage Grove! My day was made!
During the visit, I read a chapter from my favorite book from when I was their age, and left them a copy to read if they were interested. I was pleased to learn several have done just that. My thanks again to those schools that gave me the opportunity to read to their students.
Have a good weekend,
Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155