Moving Forward Together

Dear Neighbors,

We've made significant progress over the past two years. When we arrived at the Capitol in January of 2013, the state was facing a $600 million budget deficit and owed our schools more than $800 million.

Thanks to an improving economy and a structurally-balanced budget from 2013, we returned to the Capitol this past January with a $1.2 billion budget surplus. We worked with members across the aisle to find common sense solutions and pass a mix of tax cuts for families and businesses and investments in jobs and education.

In less than two years, we've already moved Minnesota forward by:

  • Paying back the money borrowed from our schools
  • Making historic investments in education, from early childhood to college
  • Reducing property taxes for middle-class Minnesotans
  • Growing our economy and creating more jobs
  • Helping turn our budget deficit into a surplus

Even with all that's been accomplished throughout this past session, there's still work to be done. I look forward to talking with you this summer about how we can continue to move Minnesota forward.

Sincerely,

Melissa Hortman Signature

Melissa Hortman
State Representative

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