Rep. Dave Baker
Legislators hear and vote on hundreds of bills every year, and each one needs a yes or no vote. Recently, I voted to support a provisional drivers license for undocumented residents that live and work in Minnesota and frankly have been driving without training for many years.
As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the chief author of the last two legislative sessions that presented, debated, helped my House colleagues understand why this investment is so vital, and ultimately having Gov. Dayton sign the bill to deploy millions of dollars to help private internet providers match dollar for dollar to help expand across the most rural areas in Minnesota. Those that have been awarded in the past few years are currently enjoying amazing service due to this one-time support from Minnesota taxpayers.
As the 2017 state Legislature works on the final budget negotiations, I am urging Gov. Dayton and his team to get involved in these very timely conversations so we can balance the state budget in a calm manner.
As I reflect on the many good things that happened over the past two sessions in St. Paul, I think we got a lot of great work done for the people of Minnesota. We put money towardour nursing homes, passed life-saving mental health legislation, invested in our schools, and kept government spending at a reasonable level. We also passed tax relief that means more money for veterans, college graduates with loan debt, farmers, and small businesses.
The 2016 legislative session begins on Tuesday and is expected to be one of the shortest in recent history due to ongoing renovations at the Capitol. Normally, the biggest highlight in even-year legislative sessions is the capital investment or “bonding” bill. However, this year is taking on a different look as a number of important issues are set to be discussed.
Over the next 14 months I expect to see more letters to the editor talking about my record, such as the one that appeared recently saying a vote I took...