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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 https://mn.gov/admin/capitol-grand-opening/.

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,
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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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
contribution(s).

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

Source: http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/

pcr_17_to_fill_out_online.pdf
pcr_17_to_fill_out_by_hand.pdf

Here are some volunteer opportunities

Greetings!
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 Defore.bri@gmail.com 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 jbcarson@comcast.net 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 jbcarson@comcast.net for more info.

These are fun events – your help will be appreciated!

Yours truly,

Jeff Haggerty
Chair, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans

Rep Keith Franke Capitol Update: Session Wrap (7/23/2017)

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PDF file: KF_SW_2017b-1.pdf

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Dear Neighbors,

At the end of May, we closed out the legislative session, and Governor Dayton signed all of our budget bills into law. It’s great to see Minnesotans receive $650 million in tax relief, billions in road and bridge investments, and increased funding for our schools. Our bipartisan work to complete a responsible, balanced budget will help our residents throughout the state.

This year, I was fortunate to have three big provisions signed into law. These include the expansion of the Minnesota GI Bill program to provide for apprenticeships and on-the-job training benefits, a strategic plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS in our state, and a proposal to ensure a greater level of care for our elderly and vulnerable adults. I also co-authored a bill that became law to provide increased funding for police training.

In all, I’m extremely proud of our budget bills as a whole, and to effectively pass my legislation into law. Our productive session saw compromises from both sides. My view of good compromise is when nobody leaves the table happy. All sides had to give on some of their priorities, but that’s what it takes to get the job done for Minnesotans.

HEALTH CARE

Emergency Premium Aid & Access: House Republicans acted quickly to provide a 25 percent health insurance premium rebate and ensure continued access to doctors for patients receiving life-saving treatment.

Lowering Costs, Increasing Choices: A suite of reforms passed by House Republicans provides more affordable options for small businesses and their employees, protects consumers from unfair billing practices, and allows organizations with member owners — such as farm cooperatives — to provide health insurance to their members. Furthermore, a new reinsurance law brings Minnesota closer to its pre-Obamacare system, where the relatively small pool of individuals and families who buy insurance on their own are not left to bear the cost of high risk individuals.

TAX RELIEF

It’s been nearly two decades since Minnesotans have received meaningful tax relief. The 2017 Tax Relief bill, championed by House Republicans, delivers $650 million in tax relief to Minnesota families over the next two years, and $790 million in 2020-2021.

Nearly 284,000 senior citizen tax returns (single and married filing jointly) will receive tax reductions; 72,000 of those will no longer pay state income tax on their social security benefits.

A family of four making $50,000 a year will receive an additional $1,200 toward their child care expenses.

65,000 students will receive an average of a $414 reduction in their taxes through a new tax credit for student loan payments.

TRANSPORTATION

To increase safety and reduce traffic congestion, House Republicans prioritized fixing roads and bridges Minnesotans use every day. This session, lawmakers successfully defeated the governor’s gas tax hike, and instead invested a historic level of existing funds into our transportation infrastructure statewide.

Local Aid to Fix Roads: Our multi-billion dollar transportation plan invests real money for local roads. Washington County will receive $3.2 million in increased funding over the next four years. Likewise, the trio of Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, and St. Paul Park will receive nearly $750,000 of increased investment in 2018-2021.

Rail Safety: I supported a number of provisions to make railroads safer in our area and throughout the state.

Bridges: 97 bridges will be repaired or replaced statewide as a result of $25 million in funds for a new local bridge account.

Light Rail: Republicans stopped state dollars from funding ongoing operating costs for Southwest Light Rail.

EDUCATION

The K-12 Education Budget partners more than $1.3 billion of increased funding, including a provision I co-authored to include a 2% yearly increase to the per-pupil formula that was requested by our school districts, with proven reforms including:

* Investing in proven early education programming like pre-K scholarships and school readiness.
* Funding for low-income students to take the SAT or ACT tests.
* More dollars for Minnesota Reading Corps.
* Creating a pilot project to research and implement innovative education programs.
* New testing requirements will help keep our kids safe by ensuring school water is free of lead.

Funding Our Local Schools: Every school district in the state will see significant new dollars to help our students. For example, South St. Paul and South Washington County schools will receive a combined $9.3 million of additional, new investment over the next two years.

NEW LAWS WITH AN EVERYDAY IMPACT

Real ID: A Real ID-compliance law enables Minnesotans to use a state-issued ID to board an airplane or enter a federal facility.

Wifi Speeds: A new small cell technology initiative will bring 5G wireless internet to Minnesota—100x faster than the current 4G service.

Sunday Sales: The repeal of an outdated law allows Minnesotans to purchase beer, wine and spirits on Sunday effective July 1st.

As always, please feel free to contact my office if you need anything; I’m here to help.

Regards,

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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