Monthly Archive for January, 2015

McNamara plans town hall meetings Jan 24 and Jan 31

townhall-meeting-iconRepresentative Denny McNamara has scheduled town meetings for the following dates:

Saturday, January 24 in Hastings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hastings City Hall

Wednesday, January 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cottage Grove City Hall

These are open to the public–take time to join the conversation and make your voice heard!

For more information, please contact Denny McNamara at 437-2597 or email him at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn

Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: New bill gives Minnesotans some needed tax relief

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 01/16/2015

Hello from St. Paul,

On Thursday, the Minnesota House approved legislation that conforms state tax rates to that of the federal government and gives hardworking Minnesotans some needed tax relief. Some of the provisions include deductions for higher education expenses, teacher reimbursement expenses, and a provision that prevents housing debt relief from being recognized as income and therefore taxed.

This was an important bill that needed to be passed quickly because people will begin filing their income taxes shortly. If we don’t approve the bill soon, we run the risk of forcing early filers to complete an amended tax return in the months ahead.

The bill was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, and will hopefully be signed into law in the coming days.

I also wanted to remind you about the upcoming town meetings I will be holding with Senator Sieben. The first will take place on Saturday, January 24 in Hastings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hastings City Hall.

The second gathering will take place in Cottage Grove on Wednesday, January 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cottage Grove City Hall. We will be joined at this event by Representative Dan Schoen as well. Please come out and share your opinions.

I also plan to mail out a session survey again this year, which I strongly encourage residents to complete. The survey allows me to gather feedback on issues that are likely to be debated at the State Capitol this year, so watch for it in your mailbox in the coming weeks.

Keep in touch,
Denny

Representative Denny McNamara
365 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn

Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: Minnesota’s State Capitol is once again open for business

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 01/09/2015

Hello from St. Paul,

Happy New Year to you all! Minnesota’s State Capitol is once again open for business as the 2015 legislative session began on January 6. All state lawmakers have now taken their oath of office and work in the Minnesota House is underway.

It remains such an honor to vote on your behalf in St. Paul and I am thankful for your continued support. I’ve always looked forward to hearing from and working with area residents on issues that are important to them, and this year will be no exception.

This year, much of my time will be spent focused on crafting policies that protect our land, air, and waterways as I have been appointed chair of the Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee. I was really pleased with this news as environmental issues have always been among my top legislative concerns, and I look forward to chairing this committee once again.

In addition, I will also serve on the Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy, Transportation Policy and Finance, and Ways and Means committees.

This week, House leadership also unveiled its “First Five” bills for the 2015 session. The priorities include growing better-paying jobs; giving every child a world-class education; protecting the quality of life for our aging residents; refocusing some of our budget dollars towards road and bridge repair; and ensuring fair access and affordability in health care.

As session moves forward, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns. I can be reached by phone at 296-3135, and by email at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn.

Thanks again for giving me the privilege of serving your interests in the Minnesota House.

Please keep in touch!
Denny

Representative Denny McNamara
365 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn