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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155