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What a profound honor to chair the House tax committee this year.

TBH I was shocked when @melissahortman trusted me to serve our caucus in this way. I hope I made us proud boss lady💜

Beyond the headlines there are SO many great things to be proud of in this bill.

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🚨🚨2023 tax bill highlights🚨🚨

Nation-leading child tax credit that will cut child poverty by 1/3

Tax equity for those who use Individual Tax ID Numbers.

Ongoing aid to Tribal governments

Moving the renters credit onto income tax form (120k more renters will claim it)
Making the tax code fairer by having corporations and the rich pay their fair share

Housing money! $100M- $20/biennium ongoing

Property tax refunds, 1 time & ongoing, for homeowners and renters

Ongoing support for local governments- $80M/year each to counties and cities
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🧵🧵🧵 In 2023, House DFLers were committed to solving big challenges, creating opportunities for people to succeed, and making our state work better for everyone. In numerous ways, we delivered. [1/many] #mnleg…
After the Dobbs decision, House DFLers quickly secured reproductive freedom by passing the PRO Act. #mnleg…
Students do better in the classroom when they aren’t hungry. We passed legislation providing free meals at Minnesota schools. #mnleg…
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And just like that, Minnesota is officially UNRESTRICTED!!! Today, the legislature passed a health omnibus bill that repeals nearly all of Minnesota's unbearable, untenable, unacceptable abortion restrictions! #mnleg… #UnRestrictedAndUnStoppable
The law mandating that doctors lie to patients and tell them an abortion might cause breast cancer: REPEALED!
The law forcing people to delay care because of the arbitrary judgment of state legislators who know nothing about their lives and circumstances? REPEALED!
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Today, the Minnesota Senate takes up the Tax Bill! What's in it? Let me tell you...

Child Tax Credit: this will cut child poverty by 1/3!

$1.52 billion to 256,000 Minnesotans -- $1,750 per child age 0-17, refundable, indexed to inflation.

One-time rebates ($1.14 billion going to 2.58 million Minnesotans)

Up to $1300 per household: $260/adult + $260/child (up to three kids)
Property Tax Support for Homeowners & Renters
One-time 20.6% homeowner property tax refund ⬆️for taxes payable 2023 AND permanent 3% reduction in copays
Homestead Market Value Exclusion ⬆️ to $517,200
Renters Refund: 20.6% refund ⬆️ for rent paid in 2022
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After posting the language of Universal Background Checks/Gun Owner Registration on the committee page for just 14 minutes, the Public Safety Omnibus Committee, which only has DFL members on it, has just adopted the language unanimously, without debate or testimony.
The entirely DFL committee has now adopted red-flag firearm confiscation, unanimously, without debate or testimony.

Next stop, House and Senate floors for an up or down vote.
By packaging it together with funding for corrections, courts, and public defenders, they are giving political cover to vulnerable senators like @RobKupec, @grant_hauschild, @JudySeeberger and @AricForMN.

Now they can try and parse words with constituents. #mnleg
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Can you please help Minnesota #mnleg return to sanity?

MN State Senator @JudySeeberger is the most powerful person in the state.

Please offer to guide her in effectively exercising HER POWER.

You two were experts in the previous Congress.

State Senator Seeberger is a Democrat who won her seat in Senate District 41, #34 in the 67-member State Senate, by 341 votes last November.

This gives @MNsenDems control by one vote - HERS - 34 to 33.

This also gives @GovTimWalz and @MinnesotaDFL @mnhouseDFL the Trifecta.

In other words, State Senator @JudySeeberger holds the entire balance of power for the Democrats in Minnesota.

Just like you two among @SenateDems in the previous Congress.

So why is she concerned about nothing moderate?

She has them by the political you-know-what.

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“Just two ounces is equivalent to three joints” — the Republican arguments against legal cannabis are going well. #mnleg
I don’t know how to explain to you that other states have legal cannabis and are doing fine
pour one out for all the victims of cannabis overdoses. RIP
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23 of the nation's top 400 billionaires gave to MN Democrats in the past three years. Here is the list:

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For those wondering about Republicans, only 7 Forbes billionaires gave to the MN GOP over that period, for a total of $70,000.

Bill Austin (Starkey) gave the bulk ($49,000). Austin was the only one to give to both parties.
And no. The names Adelson, Koch, Thiel, and Trump appear nowhere on the list.
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Yesterday, lawmakers in Minnesota unanimously passed an amendment that will make our state safer for children. #mnleg

Protecting kids from anyone who wishes them harm is one of Minnesota Family Council’s core goals. We’re deeply grateful to legislators for offering an amendment yesterday that will ensure there are NO legal protections for child exploitation in Minnesota.

We’re also extremely grateful that this amendment was adopted unanimously - that’s a great expression of the desire of legislators in both parties to protect children from exploitation. However, we wish it hadn’t come to this point.
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Minnesota Republican state Sen. Steve Drazkowski on bill providing free school breakfast and lunch: "I have yet to meet a person in Minnesota that is hungry. Yet today. I have yet to meet a person in Minnesota that says they don't have access to enough food to eat." #mnleg
Steve Drazkowski is now fundraising off the blowback to his ignorant, callous comments Image
Steve Drazkowski is having quite the week
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JUST IN: @MMBCommunicates pegs FY2024-25 surplus at about $17.5 billion.

Essentially unchanged from early Dec., but it means revenue kept growing because this forecast figures inflation into spending calculations for the first time in decades. #mnleg…
Revenue was up $599M over the prior forecast and $865M was carried over from the prior year's budget. That pushed up overall available revenue to $1.464B

Estimated expenditure increase (including inflation projection and approved bills this session) was $1.536B. #mnleg
Estimated inflation for current programs came in at $1.422B, according to state finance documents.
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FOLLOW UP on our posts about weights and objects being thrown from a building onto vehicles last week on 3rd and Washington Ave S. SWAT responded after several days of reports.
Michael Brett Judy, 03/04/1993
313 Washington Ave S, 9th floor apt
Michael Brett Judy was taken into custody after an hours-long stand-off on Thursday. He was released on Friday after supposedly posting $10,000 bond, and he makes his first court appearance on Monday.

Five 911 calls between Jan 3-5 reporting incidents and damage.
In one incident, a dumbbell struck the roof of an airport shuttle van with 7 passengers inside. A large dent was made, and the driver said he was "terrified." The weight landed above one of the passengers.

Complaint: "dumbbell could cause great bodily harm or death."
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The Minnesota Supreme Court was extremely stupid to open the door to assessing comprehensive plans based on their "full build-out," seemingly not understanding that a zoning envelope provides for flexibility and does not prescribe maximum use.

—the Appellate Court decision today is correct to notice that the District Court order enjoining the Minneapolis 2040 plan and reinstating the previous comprehensive plan did not make any attempt to verify that the prior plan was better for the environment (it was not).
Not a lawyer, but it seems to me that this should re-open the door for the City to challenge the myopic analysis by the fake environmental groups suing to block the plan, something it failed to do the first time.

In such a way, the court *could* back into the correct decision.
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In no particular order, here are my favorite #housing reads from 2022.

Across the political spectrum and in both articles and opinion pieces, the message is clear: The cause of the #HousingCrisis is the lack of housing and under-building since 2008… (1/14) #mnleg
…caused by policies that price buyers and renters out of the market. Removing access and affordability roadblocks is necessary to achieve the level of construction needed to solve this problem.

And it takes all players. #housing #mnleg (2/14)
Supply and demand is a simple concept, but Americans have a hard time applying this Econ 101 topic to #housing. Housing Shortage Denialism and NIMBYism must be overcome. via @TheAtlantic #mnleg (3/14)… Image
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Gov. Tim Walz, speaking to reporters, mentions four priorities for the surplus:

-Expanding child care
-Relief to Minnesotans for inflation, in the form of rebates
-Road and bridge funding
-Public school funding

"We can do all of these things," he says. "It isn't either-or."
Walz says he supports excluding more Social Security income from state tax in 2023.

But he's not committing to a full elimination, which was part of the spring 2022 deal that never passed.
Walz says he's going to propose $1,000 rebate checks per adult again despite being rejected by #mnleg in 2022.

He's open to changing the income limits he proposed earlier this year.
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Minnesota's budget surplus is now projected at $17.6 billion between now and June 2025, per @MMBCommunicates.

The projections will help #mnleg decide short-term spending plans and a two-year budget.
@MMBCommunicates Higher-than-expected tax collections and #mnleg's failure to strike deals in 2022 have contributed to another record surplus, which Democrats now have control over.

Initial story ahead of news conferences that start at 11:45 a.m.:…
@MMBCommunicates There's the full budget forecast:… Image
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UPDATE: Minnesota's projected budget surplus pegged at $17.6B through June 2025.

Gov/#mnleg will set new 2-year budget in 2023 session.
If you don’t believe me, here it is from @MMBCommunicates Image
First out of the gate: @LisaDemuthMN, the new House GOP minority leader, who says it’s tax-cut time. #mnleg Image
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I haven't adjusted for where the vote is outstanding, but as of right now, DFLers are winning in 70 #mnleg House seats (majority: 68) while Republicans are leading in 35 #mnleg Senate seats (majority: 34). Would represent a status quo in terms of control.
After another ~50 minutes of votes coming in, the DFL currently has a lead in 72 of the #mnleg House seats (majority: 68) and in 34 of the Senate seats (majority: 34).

Still votes coming in, but fewer by the minute.
Pulled the numbers again at 1:55 a.m. — no changes.
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Put the magic markers away, kids.

Ridge Austin James Kinney, 11/15/2001, in custody on 2nd and 4th degree assault, fleeing x2 and 1st degree damage to property.
Charges say Kinney rammed a Brainerd squad during a suspicious vehicle stop, then fled, crashed and fled on foot.
Two prior felony convictions on 1st degree burglary of an occupied dwelling in two separate cases, which is a violent crime. Also, has another felony conviction on receiving stolen property.
In a 2019 conviction on 1st degree burglary, a plea deal dismissed 3 counts of felon in possession/firearm & another ct of 1st degree burglary & spun him out on a stayed sentence for the violent crime of 1st degree burglary.

MN is totally serious about gun and violent crimes.
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SD32 @lwvmnabc forum for #mnleg
GOP Endorsed Michael Kreun
DFL Endorsed Kate Luthner
What is your immediate goal for SD32?
Kreun: Highway 65, transportation reform, crime control
Luthner: Public education, Local infrastructure, social safety nets, green energy.
How does state government assist small businesses?
Luthner: Price gouging laws, public healthcare option
Kreun: Inflation control via tax relief, fiscally responsible state spending.
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THIS WEEK I'll be in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to help @momsdemand volunteers and other gun sense champions running for office. Here's the info - hope to see you there! 🧵
ILLINOIS: Come support @momsdemand volunteer and gun sense champion Rep. Maura Hirschauer (@votemaura) in Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 6.

RSVP here:… #twill
MICHIGAN: I'll be joining the House Dems on Thursday, Oct. 7. We're just FOUR seats away from a gun sense majority.

RSVP here:… #mileg
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1/ Early voting begins Friday in Minnesota. Here's our 2022 voter's guide: Who's running in the election and where they stand on the issues.… An illustration of people i...
2/ The governor's race will dominate Minnesota's midterm elections, but Minnesotans will also vote on the statewide offices of attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor, along with all eight congressional races and all 201 seats in the Minnesota Legislature.
3/ Because of redistricting (the once-a-decade process of redrawing political lines to accommodate changes in population) #mnleg candidates are running in brand-new districts.…
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This one might just be a record breaker.
Javaughn Elijah Marquise Tieh, 10/3/1997, Mounds View.

Arrested from a Coon Rapids pursuit/PIT we posted yesterday afternoon.

IN CUSTODY on 45 warrants + PC charges in at least 15 jurisdictions including other state fugitive warrants. Image
Current charges, warrants, holds. Image
Javaughn Elijah Marquise Tieh has 55 prior Minnesota convictions, including 9 felonies since 2016.

EVERY. SINGLE. FELONY. CONVICTION. WAS. STAYED. by judges in Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

@MNCourts and our "leaders" want you to be victims.

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Hopkins police on Friday arrested a suspect in two separate burglaries of occupied dwellings.

We've previously posted Efrain Almestica, 08/23/1988, who was booked on 12 felony + other warrants. New charges are expected in the Hopkins burglaries.
You will recall Efrain Almestica from this classic video when he rammed into a Bloomington apartment building while trying to flee police late last year.

That Bloomington case is one of the open felony/other warrants under which Almestica has been jailed, among numerous other cases from Edina, Richfield, Minneapolis and Minnetonka involving multiple burglary, multiple fleeing, auto theft and obstruction.
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