By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 5/19/2017
Hello from St. Paul,
Minnesotans who were concerned about their ability to board an airplane next year can now rest easier. The House and Senate approved a proposal this week that brings Minnesota into full compliance with the federal Real ID act and it was signed into law by Governor Dayton.
In 2018, Minnesotans will need to obtain Real ID-compliant identification in order to board an airplane or visit a military base, which is why this bill was critically needed. This will provide a dual track system so those who want a Real ID compliant license can get one but those who prefer the current license can choose to do that as well. Approving this legislation was one of the goals I had coming into the House this session, and I’m pleased we were able to get Real ID done and with significant bipartisan support.
An area where bipartisan support is always needed is capital investment. This is legislation that funds the construction of statewide infrastructure projects. This week, the House attempted to approve an $800 million dollar capital investment plan, which prioritized transportation infrastructure, public facilities, and asset preservation.
In the House, 81 votes are needed to approve any capital investment bill so it requires bipartisan support. Unfortunately, nearly all Democrats voted ‘no’ to kill the bill.
This was surprising since House Democrats have been clamoring for a bonding bill all year, and then they voted it down. I truly don’t know if we’ll see another proposal brought forward before session ends, which would be unfortunate.
Budget talks are once again underway with Governor Dayton. By late Monday night, the 2017 legislative session will come to an end, so I remain hopeful that the Legislature can find a compromise with Governor Dayton and we can put our next budget into place.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any progress made.
This week I was pleased to congratulate Cottage Grove students Meegan Frank and Anna Dale for being named Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners. Mitchell O’Brien from Hastings also received the award, and was joined by his parents Kari and Tim. Congratulations to all of the recipients!
Students from Grey Cloud Elementary in Cottage Grove also visited the State Capitol on Friday. It’s always good to see kids interested in state government.
Talk to you soon,
Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155