Focus needs to be on families, businesses

State Rep. Carolyn Laine
District 41B

As we kick off this year’s legislative session, we have reason to be optimistic about the direction our state is heading. We balanced our state budget, paid back our schools, and our economy is growing. Employers added over 45,000 jobs last year, lowering our unemployment rate to 4.6 percent - one of the lowest rates in the country. Thanks to our outstanding businesses and talented workforce, our state has a $1.23 billion budget surplus.

With Minnesota on sound fiscal footing for the first time in years, we need to stay focused on helping families and businesses who have not yet felt the economic recovery. Thanks to a growing economy and a projected surplus, we are in a position to pay for additional middle tax cuts while maintaining a structurally balanced budget.

I also support raising the minimum wage to help working Minnesotans provide for themselves and their families. Increasing the minimum wage will give hardworking Minnesotans more economic security and stability that they need and deserve.

We must work together this session to pass a strategic and bipartisan bonding bill. Putting aside our partisan differences to create good jobs while repairing and improving our state’s infrastructure is not only smart economic policy, it’s simply the

right thing to do. I’m focused on ensuring the Springbrook Nature Center is included in the 2014 bonding bill as an investment in our environment and our community.

Please stay in touch during this year’s Legislative Session by sharing any questions, comments or other feedback. You can reach me by phone at 651-296-4331, by email at, or by postal mail at 485 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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