When the people of Plymouth sent me to St. Paul, I made a commitment to our community to find common ground to get the job done for the people of Minnesota. Working collectively to represent our values at the Capitol, one of the only divided legislatures in the country delivered on that promise — we compromised on a two-year state budget that secures health care for over 1 million Minnesotans, addresses rising costs of prescription drugs; delivers targeted tax cuts for families, seniors, and small businesses; and makes strong investments in our E-12 aged and college students.
Affordable and accessible health care continues to be the No. 1 issue for Plymouth. In response to soaring prescription drug costs and heartbreaking stories, the House got tough on middlemen who control the astronomical pricing of your medications. Thanks to your support, the Legislature enacted sweeping oversight to improve drug pricing transparency and accountability. There’s more work to do in this area of health care but it’s a good first step. I remain committed to finding sustainable solutions for Plymouth families who purchase their health insurance on the individual market.
The DFL-led Minnesota House and Republican-led Minnesota Senate showed the country how a state can govern on a bipartisan basis by crafting a fair tax bill that delivers targeted cuts. For the first time in nearly two decades, the second tier income tax bracket earners will see a permanent tax cut. I also worked with my colleagues to align Minnesota’s tax system with the new federal law. We raised the standard deduction, which will not only simplify tax filing, but result in an average tax cut of $160 per family. I co-authored a tax reduction on Social Security benefits for 178,000 senior citizens. The Legislature also enacted a statewide property levy reduction for small businesses. My legislation was incorporated into the final tax law, which will direct local lodging tax revenue to our public infrastructure improvement projects, including our Plymouth Creek Center and Plymouth Ice Center.
Parents and families choose to raise their children in Plymouth due in large part to our world-class schools. I worked for an education budget that makes historic investments in Wayzata, Osseo and Robbinsdale schools to maintain and expand quality, address special education needs, and prevent teacher layoffs and larger class sizes. Voluntary Pre-K opportunities are now secured for over 4,000 students statewide. And because of new investments in the state grant program for students, our public colleges and universities will be more affordable.
I remain committed to working past partisan gridlock and divisive politics to continue progress for Plymouth families. This includes needed investments in our transportation infrastructure, keeping our community safe from gun violence, continuing to ensure sure all students have access to a world-class education at all levels, and addressing our economic issues in a way that makes Plymouth an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
State Rep. Ginny Klevorn represents District 44A, including the city of Plymouth. She encourages her constituents to share input and ideas with her at the Capitol anytime at 651-296-5511 or at email@example.com.