Governor listens to concerns

To the editor:

On March 7, I joined a group of legislators and met with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss the state budget. At the meeting, the governor listened to our input as we shared ideas and concerns about his budget. The following day at a meeting with business leaders, the governor announced that he will be dropping business-to-business taxes from his budget.

Since the governor’s budget was announced I have participated in town hall meetings and sought input from constituents and small business owners, and many of you expressed a lot of concern around the business-to-business tax. I’m glad the governor listened to our concerns and is willing to work closely with us.

Now the Legislature will be putting together a budget proposal and I will work to incorporate the priorities I’ve heard from constituents: investments in education and our future, a budget balanced honestly and without gimmicks, and a budget that keeps Minnesota economically competitive and allows our businesses to succeed. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the governor on a budget that moves Minnesota forward.

As always, please feel free contact me with any comments, questions, concerns, or ideas on any legislative topic.

Laurie Halverson
District 51B state representative serving Eagan