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'Vision 2020' will guide Republications in policy work for upcoming state legislative session

Star Herald Opinion

On Monday, Minnesota Senate Republicans announced their agenda for the upcoming legislative session.
Known as “Vision 2020,” it will guide public policy work during the 2020 legislative session, which is expected to include capital investment bill, a supplemental budget, tax relief, health care, public safety, roads and bridges, public infrastructure and more.
Sen. Bill Weber, Luverne, shares his thoughts on the agenda:
In 2019, with significant bipartisan support, we passed the largest biennial budget in state history that cut the costs of health care, provided significant tax relief, and made needed changes to the way government delivers services.
Our vision for 2020 is about building on that positive, bipartisan work done as the only split legislature in the nation.
My constituents expect us to reign in the bureaucracy, work on tax relief, and be voices of reason when it comes to agricultural policy. The voices of my constituents are what matters — and those are the voices to which I’ll listen in St. Paul.”
 With a budget surplus of around $1.3 billion, we must be careful not to think we can go back to St. Paul and add a whole new round of substantial spending. The budget surplus does not belong to bureaucrats; it belongs to Minnesota taxpayers.
And whether it’s in the form of full Section 179 conformity, middle-income tax cuts, or paying cash for some of the state’s many capital needs, I expect there to be a robust discussion on how we can best use the surplus for the benefit of the taxpayer.
I’m looking forward to more bipartisan success for the people of Minnesota.
The full agenda can be found on the Minnesota Senate Republicans website. The 2020 legislative session begins on Feb. 11. 
Weber represents communities in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock counties in the Minnesota Senate. He serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture, Housing, and Rural Development Policy Committee.
He can be reached at:
Minnesota Senate Building, Suite 2109
95 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 296-5650

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