Capitol Update from HD54B Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 1/11/2013

Hello from St. Paul,

The Minnesota Legislature is once again open for business, as representatives and senators were sworn into office on January 8. It remains such an honor to fight for your interests in the Minnesota House, and I truly look forward to representing your interests again for the next two years.

This year, I will serve as the Republican Lead on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee, and will also serve on the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Ways and Means committees.

The biggest issue of the year will be solving our projected budget deficit. The current projection sits at $1.1 billion, but that number will rise or fall after state economists release their February economic forecast.

Over the past two years, lawmakers did a great job of turning the state’s financial problems around, and I’m hopeful Democrats will follow our lead and do things this session that will create more jobs and keep our economy moving forward.

In the Environment and Natural Resources Committees, I expect we’ll address a number of issues, including the spread of invasive Asian carp into the Upper Mississippi River basin as well as continued improvements to the Vermillion Highlands Wildlife Management Area in nearby Empire Township.

I also wanted to let you know about the upcoming town meetings I will be holding with Senator Sieben. The first will take place in Cottage Grove on Thursday, January 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cottage Grove City Hall. We will be joined at this event by Representative Dan Schoen as well.

The second gathering will take place in Hastings on Thursday, January 31 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hastings City Hall. I’m hopeful you can take time to join us and make your voice heard.

As always, I welcome and encourage your feedback and input. Contact me any time at 437-2597 or by email at and share your concerns

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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