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DFL's “Building a Greater Minnesota” Tour stops in Cyrus April 16

SAINT PAUL, Minn.  --

Working with Governor Dayton, legislators started quickly and have worked at a fast-pace this session to build on Minnesota’s progress. Before the Easter/Passover Break, the Minnesota Legislature has:

  • Funded emergency provided propane assistance: In the first week of session, the legislature increased assistance to Minnesotans struggling to pay their heating costs during our terribly-cold winter.
  • Provided middle-class tax cuts: Enacted tax cuts for more than one-million middle-class Minnesotans — married couples, adopting families, working families, homeowners, college students and parents.
  • Raised the minimum wage: Just yesterday, the legislature raised Minnesota’s minimum wage in stages to $9.50 for large business $7.75 and small businesses by August 2016. More than 350,000 Minnesotans will get a raise.

Heading in to the Easter/Passover break, legislators are continuing to push for more progress during a statewide tour. Speaker Paul Thissen and Majority Leader Erin Murphy will lead a tour in Greater Minnesota to make the push for priorities that remain this session:

  • Statewide Bonding Bill: The legislature is focused on passing a statewide bonding bill to make critical investments in Minnesota’s infrastructure, including higher education, transportation, housing, economic development, clean water and wastewater systems.
  • Invest in a Greater Minnesota: The House has already passed a supplemental budget that makes critical investments to grow our economy in Greater Minnesota, such as broadband infrastructure, economic development resources, and farm-to-food shelf legislation.
  • More Middle Class Tax Cuts: The House has passed “Tax Bill 2”  - providing $103 million in further tax cuts for Minnesota homeowners, farmers, renters, and small businesses.
  • Women’s Economic Security Act: The House has passed the Women’s Economic Security Act, aimed at closing the gender pay gap, strengthening workplace protections and flexibility for pregnant mothers, and expanding employment opportunities for women in high-wage, high-demand professions.

“This legislature has been very efficient this session to build on Minnesota’s economic momentum, from passing tax cuts for middle-class Minnesotans to approving a minimum wage increase for 350,000 Minnesotans,” said Speaker Paul Thissen. “We still have a lot more work to do this session and we are excited to get on the road to talk with Minnesotans about the priorities that remain for the 2014 session.”

Majority Leader Erin Murphy and Rep. Jay McNamar will hold a meeting at the Cyrus Fire Hall on Wednesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m.