Senate District 61 Newsletter
Rep. Frank HornsteinSen. Scott Dibble
State Senator 111 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
471 State Ofce Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Not Printed at Government Expense.
Fair andtransparentrevenue system
At the same time the wealthiest haveenjoyed leaps in their fortunes, theyhave manipulated the political systemto pay less in taxes and severely cutinvestments in public services thatexpand economic competitivenessand shared prosperity.That began to change this sessionwith an income tax rate increase onthe wealthiest two percent (who payfully two percent less than the rest of us) that will raise $1.14 billion over the biennium. There was also a sig-
nicant closure of corporate tax loop
-holes. Important to these tax reformefforts is $441 million in property tax
relief to Minnesotans – a signicant
step in the right direction given that property taxes have doubled since2003. Reversing Local GovernmentAid cuts, enacting a sales tax exemp-tion for local governments, increas-ing the Homestead Credit and Rent-ers Credit Refunds, decreasing schoollevies, and enacting levy limits arecomponents of this initiative.Our legislation to close a tax loop-hole some corporations use to shelter assets in overseas tax havens was
not included in the nal tax bill. We
believe that corporations should paytheir fair share of taxes and not re-ceive a tax exemption for funds they
hide in the Caribbean, remote Pacic
islands and other tax havens.
Dea r f rie nd,
Wo w.W ha t a yea r! We co uld no t be mo re p ro ud of o u r g rea t s ta te.
O nce agai n, Mi n neso ta ns ha ve s ho w n t ha t we ca n wo r k ha rd to c rea te a b rig h te r f u t u re f o r e ve r yo ne. Ma r riage f o r all, a be t te r ed uca tio n f o r so ma n y, heal t h ca re f o r t ho usa nds p re vio usl y s h u t o u t, o pe ni ng u p jo b o p po r t u ni ties, clea ne r e ne rg y, p rese r vi ng a nd res to ri ng o u r e n vi ro n- me n t, a nd re t u r ni ng f ai r ness to o u r ta xes a re j us t a f e w of t he acco m- plis h me n ts of t his legisla ti ve sessio n. No ne of t his was possi ble wi t ho u t t he ac ti ve i n vol ve me n t a nd dedica tio n of Mi n neso ta ns li k e yo u. F ro m p ressi ng f o r c ha ngei n t he elec tio ns of las t No ve m be r to yo u r s t ro ng p rese nce a t t he Ca pi tol t h ro ug h t he ma n y de ba tes o n i m po r ta n t policies, i t is t he peo ple of Mi n neso ta t ha t c rea ted t his a mazi ng
t u r na ro u nd, re ve rsi ng o ve r a decade’s wo r t h of s hif ti ng, bla mi ng a nd bac k slidi ng. We
f eel li k e Mi n neso ta is o nce agai n o n t he mo ve, a ble to ta k e i ts lo ng held place asa s ta te
t ha t wo r k s f o r e ve r yo ne. O u r message is si m ple: T ha n k yo u!
Si nce rel y, D. Sco t t Di b ble F ra n k Ho r ns tei nS ta te Se na to r,Dis t ric t 61 S ta te R e p rese n ta ti ve, Dis t ric t 61A
Investment in education
With nearly a billion dollars in new
funding, the legislature made anhistoric investment in education thissession. To better prepare our kids for school and life, we made free all-daykindergarten available for every childin Minnesota. Thousands of younglearners will also have access tohigh quality early childhood educa-tion with $40 million going to earlylearning scholarships. Minnesota’sK-12 education system received a$485 million funding increase, andwe accelerated a plan to pay back thegrants and in-state tuition, expandingtheir opportunity to become produc-tive Minnesotans as adults.High-stakes testing has been re-formed in order to better helpstudents become college and career ready. Instead of merely failingstudents, diagnostic examinationswill provide targeted remediation for those who need it, allow the bright-est to be promoted, and ensure a pathway to academic success for allstudents.$2.7 billion the previous legislature borrowed from our schools by 2014.Minnesota’s college students will
nally get some relief after a decade-
long trend of skyrocketing tuition.
We implemented a two year tuition
freeze at all public colleges and uni-versities and increased student aid by$46.7 million. Part-time students willnow at long last be able to access aid.Through the “Minnesota Prosperity(Dream) Act” undocumented studentswho attended high school in Min-nesota will now be eligible for state