Tony’s legislative update (1/16/2017)

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By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/16/2017

Hello from the State Capitol,

There’s good news to report regarding tax relief. Governor Dayton has signed into law a House proposal I co-authored providing $21.7 million in immediate tax relief by conforming state tax provisions to that of the federal government. The bill is critical in that it will keep hardworking Minnesotans from facing higher tax bills and prevent them from complications as they file their taxes.

We’re also one step closer to beginning to address the health insurance problems that are harming countless Minnesotans across our state, as plans are moving through House committees and will soon receive debate on the House floor. The legislation provides premium relief to eligible recipients and makes improvements to current law in order to improve the health insurance market in Minnesota.

This week I also agreed to co-author legislation that seeks put more disabled and unemployed veterans back to work. The bill would provide up to $3,000 in tax relief for companies who prioritize hiring those who selflessly served our country but are now struggling to return to the workforce. To me, fighting for those who fought for our freedoms is always the right thing to do and I’m hopeful this proposal will be viewed positively by Republicans and Democrats alike.

One of the best part of this job is meeting with local residents and interested community officials. Over the past week I was able to attend a Cottage Grove City Council meeting, talk with representatives from Washington County and Cottage Grove, as well as sit down with South Washington County School District officials to discuss their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. If there is a meeting you would like me to attend, or if you would like to travel to St. Paul for an office visit, I urge you to contact me as soon as you can. Feel free to call my office at 651-296-3135 or email me at and we’ll be happy to work you into the schedule.

Also, you may be interested in a pair of TV interviews I participated in recently. Click here to see my discussion on “Everybody Loves Politics” on Hastings Community Television, and here to watch a segment on Almanac, which begins at roughly the 9:10 mark of the video.

Talk to you soon,

Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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