Monthly Archive for August, 2017

Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update: Open House (8/7/2017)

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 8/7/2017

Hello from St. Paul,

With a four year restoration and renovation now completed, I’d like to invite you to attend the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration August 11-13 in Saint Paul.

Our state Capitol is such a unique and special place, and much of the work that’s taken place is truly breathtaking. If you haven’t visited the State Capitol in a while I strongly suggest coming to St. Paul to take part in a weekend’s worth of festivities and marvel at the restoration work that should keep this wonderful building open for another 100 years.

Events over the weekend include a ribbon cutting, tours, hotdish panels, live performances, a kid zone, fireworks, an ice cream social, a craft beer garden, and much more. Full information on the schedule, ticketed events, transportation and Capitol renovations can be found at

I’ll be attending numerous events as well as holding office hours during all three days of the celebration for any residents who are visiting and would like to speak with me while they’re here. Just stop by my office in the State Office Building – located just across the street from the Capitol building – in Room 523 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you at the Capitol!

On July 31 the Minnesota Department of Commerce released preliminary rates for the 2018 individual insurance market, revealing that Republican-led reforms could end the four year trend of double-digit premium increases since the implementation of Obamacare and MNsure in Minnesota. The individual market serves Minnesotans who do not receive health insurance through their employer or the government.

If approved by the federal government, the Minnesota Premium Security Plan will result in premium decreases for tens of thousands of Minnesotans. In contrast, average rates increased by double digits every year since 2014, including nearly 60 percent for 2017. As a result of the reinsurance program, all current insurers will continue serving the individual market next year. In addition to the reinsurance program, we successfully pushed for consumer protections that will provide access to better networks of hospitals and doctors.

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, rates could have risen by 25 percent or more without these reforms. Final rates for the 2018 individual market are expected to be released in October 2017.

My top priority as your state representative this year was to approve legislation that would lower health insurance costs for Minnesotans who were struggling to pay for it. House Republicans made it their top priority as well and now we’re seeing the results as our new laws look to be lowering costs and preserving choice.

In other news, I recently visited with the Hastings City Council in order to give an update on the accomplishments of the legislative session. I also was able to visit several National Night Out/Night to Unite events in both Cottage Grove and Hastings, including a gathering at Presbyterian Homes and White Pine.

It’s always good to see so many people taking time to come out and visit with their neighbors and help keep their neighborhoods vibrant and safe.

Talk to you soon,

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

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Contribute to Rep Keith Franke’s campaign and get a PCR refund!

Contribute to Keith Franke’s campaign and get a refund! Under Minnesota Law, once a year Minnesota residents can donate $50 per individual or $100 per married couple to a political campaign and receive a full refund through the state’s Political Contribution Refund program.

Under Minnesota Law, once a year Minnesota residents can donate $50 per individual or $100 per married couple to a political campaign and receive a full refund through the state’s Political Contribution Refund program.

MN Political Contribution Refund program

From the MN Department of Revenue website:

Your political contributions made between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 to Minnesota political parties and candidates for Minnesota state offices may qualify for a refund.

You can request a Political Contribution Refund if you contribute money to qualified:

* candidates for the Minnesota Legislature;
* candidates for Minnesota governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general
* candidates for Minnesota secretary of state;
* candidates for Minnesota state auditor
* Minnesota political parties

You can only request one refund for each calendar year that you made contributions. Your request can include contributions you made to more than one candidate or party.

What contributions qualify for a refund?
Political contributions you made to eligible state candidates or political parties on or after July 1, 2017. Contributions made before that date do not qualify for a refund.

How much is the refund?
The refund is the amount of your contributions up to $50 for an individual or $100 for a married couple (if you file a joint Political Contribution Refund application).

How do I request a refund?
Complete 2017 Form PCR, Political Contribution Refund Application (to complete online) or 2017 Form PCR, Political Contribution Refund Application (to complete by hand). Send your completed form to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. You must also include copies of the receipts you received for contributions being claimed on your application.

We can only accept Form EP-3 receipts that you received from a qualified candidate or political party as proof of your

When can I file?
You may apply for your refund at any time, but no later than April 16, 2018.



Here are some volunteer opportunities

I hope your summer is going well! Here are a few opportunities to to get out into the communities and be involved and support our friends in CD 4. Please consider volunteering for some of the activities listed below.

Washington County Fair – 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 – Aug 3-6
District 39 Republicans can use our support to work this booth – they have a sign up.
Contact Brianna Defore at if you can help.

Canadian Days – Little Canda Parade, Sunday, August 6, 2017
Lineup Saxon Lanes at 11:00, 12:00 start time, 61 Little Canada Rd W, St Paul, MN 55117
No Unit number has been given yet – unit is listed under CD4 RPM REPUBLICANS – just ask the parade people for that unit.
Contact for more info.

Newport Pioneer Days – Newport MN – August 13, 2017
Parade Unit number is 26 – CD4 RPM Republicans
Line up is 10:00 parade at 11:00
Line up at Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th Street, Newport MN

Vadnais Heights – Aug 19-20
We do a booth and the parade (No booth number yet)
Booth – Community Park, 641 East County Rd F, Vadnais Heights
Saturday August 19, 2017 and Sunday August 20, 2017 – 12:00 to 5:00 each day
Please assist at the booth – calling all candidates and activists to help out!
Parade is on Sunday – 11:00 line up – 12:00 parade
Line up at McMenemy and Oak Grove Parkway.
No Lineup Info yet – Unit will be under CD4 RPM Republicans
Contact for more info.

These are fun events – your help will be appreciated!

Yours truly,

Jeff Haggerty
Chair, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans