Monthly Archive for December, 2017

Next BPOU meeting to be held January 2, 2018

By Jeff Haggerty, Chair, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

Greetings,
Please contribute to your favorite candidate or representative before this Sunday and receive up to $50 back from the MN PCR Fund.

http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/pages/refund_for_political_contribution.aspx

Help us turn Minnesota Red with your contribution.

Here are links to donate to our SD54 candidate and 54A &54B Representatives:

Denny McNamara GOP Endorsed Senate candidate for SD54
http://votedennymcnamara.com/donate/

Keith Franke House of Representatives SD54A
http://www.keithfranke.org/ (PayPal Donate link is under main photo)

Tony Jurgens House of Representative SD54B
http://tonyjurgens.com/donate/

Our BPOU is having our first meeting of the New Year on January 2nd, 2018 at the Lighthouse Baptist Church at 7:00 PM. Please join us for a short presentation from our GOP endorsed Senate Candidate Denny McNamara, SD54A Representative Keith Franke, and SD54B Representative Tony Jurgens.

Lighthouse Baptist Church
9979 80th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Thank you,

Jeff Haggerty
Chair, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

Rep Keith Franke Capitol Update: Merry Christmas (12/22/2017)

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Representative Keith Franke

Representative Keith Franke

By Rep. Keith Franke, 12/22/2017

Dear Neighbors,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I’ve really been in the Christmas spirit since the Holiday Train made a stop in our area earlier this month. It’s really fun for the community to come out and enjoy the season together. This is such an amazing cause. Together over the past 15 years, our Holiday Train committee and community together have raised over $1 million for the Friends In Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park.

As we’re approaching the New Year, we’re getting closer to the 2018 session. I look forward to continuing my work to combat distracted driving, and working on addressing the root of substance addiction. These are such important issues in our state as they reach and impact so many people. I look forward to hearing from you as I work on the legislation this year.

If you’re traveling this holiday, be safe on the roads. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Keith

State Representative Keith Franke
567 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342
rep.keith.franke@house.mn

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Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update: Holiday Greetings (12/22/2017)

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 12/22/2017

Hello from St Paul,

As we approach the end of 2017, I’d just like to take a moment to thank you for giving me the honor of serving your interests in the Minnesota House. It has truly been a joy and a privilege to get to meet with so many residents across our district over the past year and work on issues important to you.

I hope that throughout this month of December you have begun to celebrate the season and have been spending time with family and friends, and that the upcoming holidays, however you choose to celebrate, will be good to you and your loved ones.

On behalf of my family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to working on your behalf in 2018.

Sincerely,
Tony

State Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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Denny McNamara Wins Endorsement

Denny McNamara

On behalf of SD-54 Republicans, we want to congratulate Denny McNamara on earning the Republican endorsement for the upcoming Special Election for SD-54’s State Senate Seat!

We also want to thank Leilani Holmstadt and Bob Anderson for their efforts in their respective campaigns! Lastly, we want to thank all the Delegates, Alternates, and guests who came out to take part in this exciting convention!

Now, let us all work together to help Denny turn this seat RED on February 12th, 2018!

Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update (12/8/2017)

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 12/8/2017

Hello from the State Capitol,

Is our water safe to drink?

It’s a question that is asked every time a new report is issued citing that industrial chemicals have been found in groundwater. Unfortunately, those reports have come up a number of times over the years – the most recent being in May.

The culprit has often been the presence of some form of perfluorochemical (PFCs), which are products that have been produced by 3M at its Cottage Grove facility.

We’ve been told that even at levels above the updated values, its presence did not represent an immediate health risk. In fact at a public meeting in Cottage Grove last summer, a concerned resident asked directly if we are at a greater health risk due to the contaminated drinking water, and the answer was no.

The State of Minnesota apparently no longer agrees with this viewpoint, as the Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against 3M, seeking $5 billion in punitive damages to Minnesota’s public resources. According to recent reports, the Attorney General alleges that 3M knew about potential health risks caused by PFC’s but did little with this knowledge. 3M has stated there is no evidence that PFC’s have caused any health risk.

Rep. Keith Franke and I have made a request with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to receive an update on PFC-related damages that the Attorney General has filed in court.

Not surprisingly, we both are once again hearing from local residents who want to know if our water is safe to drink. It’s worth noting that neither MDH nor MPCA officials have come out stating that our drinking water is unsafe, so, as always, residents are free to make their own choices. Hopefully, we will be able to sit down with state officials soon and provide you with an update on what we’ve learned.

STUDENTS SHOULDN’T BE SHAMED IN LUNCH LINE

You may have heard a recent story from Stewartville Schools where students with negative school lunch balances had their meals tossed in the garbage.

That is just wrong on so many levels. It’s not the child’s fault that he or she doesn’t have money in a lunch account, and it was certainly not OK for lunchroom employees to take it upon themselves to embarrass those students. In fact, it violated state law.

We have a statute on the books that prevents the shaming of students who lack school lunch money. That means a student’s hot lunch shouldn’t be dropped in a bucket and replaced with a peanut butter sandwich. It also means a student should not receive a big “X” on his hand with permanent marker letting everyone know they don’t have lunch money.

I attended a Hunger Solutions press conference on this topic recently, and was happy to hear them list South Washington Schools as one example of a district that’s doing things right through policy and communication.

For those who are curious, the Legislature increased funding for school meals by $4 million last session, making reduced-price meals free for all qualifying low-income students. But from what I’ve heard around the Capitol, school lunch debts being faced by districts are also being caused in part by some of those parents who can afford to pay, either through forgetfulness or stubbornness in their belief that they should not be responsible to pay for school lunches.

That said, students should not be demeaned or stigmatized because their lunch fund balance is below zero, and I will be working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle next year on a better solution that ensures all statewide school districts will put a stop to lunchroom shaming.

Have a good weekend,
Tony

State Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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