The Twin Cities have seen a rise in violence in recent years that's disturbing, to say the least. Anything that happens in the metro area effects the whole state, so we in the Senate are paying close attention. Watch the video for my comments on the problem.
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The social security income tax is a shame and one of my top prioroties this year is to help eradicate it entirely. We will also be looking at Section 179 conformity.
On Tuesday, we traveled with the Judiciary and Public Safety committee to Hibbing to discuss violence prevention policies from both sides. I presented a bill to restore our second amendment rights through constitutional carry.
I was privileged to join Minnesotans from around the state at the March for Life. We are standing against policies that would threaten the future of unborn children everywhere.
Some of our top priorities include lowering taxes, improving public safety, and advocating for protection for the most vulnerable. Last session, on behalf of Minnesotans, we accomplished a lot in those areas and more. But, just as importantly, we put a stop to many ridiculous proposals from the Governor. Listen in to hear some of the ideas we worked against.
We are getting government spending under control. The budget should focus on the priorities of the people and provide common sense solutions for core services.
We are committed to funding transportation needs without raising taxes. Last session, we put a stop to a 20-cent gas tax proposed by Governor Walz. We knew the funds from that tax would not serve your priorities and would continue to inflate for years to come. I know transportation issues are especially important to communities like ours and we will keep working to responsibly fund improvements to our roads and bridges.
Instances of mismanagement within the Department of Human Services never seem to run out. Recent hearings with DHS officials revealed errors that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars. We are working at the Capitol on your behalf to end this cycle of carelessness and demand that this agency takes responsibility for its mistakes.
The MNLARS system is so flawed that it needs to be replaced. I am committed to ensuring Minnesotans receive the the best service for every tax dollar spent. I worked last session to develop a plan to fix the MNLARS system, and soon we will have shorter lines and improved functionality!
Senator Roger Chamberlain and Senator Mark Koran talk about public safety.