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photo of Rep. Alice Hausman Alice Hausman, State Representative - Minnesota House - District 66

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Dear Neighbors,

I’ve spoken with many of you at community events and at your homes this summer. I greatly appreciate your hospitality and want you to know that I am truly honored to serve as your state representative. As we’ve discussed, the Minnesota House of Representatives had an incredibly productive 2013-2014 legislative session.

Rep. Hausman in action

When the session began in January of 2013, Minnesota faced a $600 million deficit, we owed our schools over $800 million, and property taxes were on the rise. We took the state in a different direction, investing in hard-working families and middle-class Minnesotans by:

  • Paying back the money borrowed from our schools
  • Making historic investment in education, from early childhood to college
  • Reducing property taxes for middle-class Minnesotans
  • Growing our economy and creating more jobs
  • Helping turn our budget deficit into a surplus

And we have done this largely with bi-partisan support. More than 90% of the bills signed into law over the last two years have received bi-partisan support.

Minnesota has momentum but there is more work to be done to ensure we keep our state headed in the right direction and our middle class strong. Challenges like providing quality early learning from birth to 4 years old, financing a comprehensive transportation system, and reducing debt for college students must be addressed.

I look forward to having more conversations with you this fall about how we continue to work for honest solutions and to build a better future for our community.

Thank you again for the opportunity to represent you in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Sincerely,
Alice Hausman, State Representative

2014 Legislative Highlights

in the House chamber
  • Boosted wages for 300,000 Minnesota workers by increasing the minimum wage for large employers to $8/hour this August, $9/hour next year, and $9.50/hour in 2016.
  • Helped Minnesota businesses by repealing three business-to-business taxes including the warehouse tax.
  • Provided $200 million in middle class income tax relief by conforming Minnesota’s income tax code to key federal provisions.
  • Provided an additional $45 million in direct property tax relief to 980,000 homeowners, renters and farmers.
  • Added $150 million to the budget reserve to keep the state’s budget structurally balanced into the future.
  • Invested in education by increasing school lunch aid so no child is denied a meal at lunchtime, and increased the education funding formula by $25 per pupil.
  • Expanded pre-kindergarten learning opportunities.
  • Made reforms to reduce college loan debt.
  • Adopted the Women’s Economic Security Act to close the “wage gap” and promote women-owned businesses.
  • Passed a capital investment package to improve Minnesota’s infrastructure and promote economic growth.
  • Invested in the care of seniors and people with disabilities by giving home and community-based workers a long overdue 5% pay increase.
  • Reduced the number of toxins in the environment by prohibiting the sale of triclosan in body washes and hand soaps starting in 2017.

Hausman guides capital investment package through the legislative process

In a continued effort to support our state“s improving economic health and address our aging infrastructure, Capital Investment Committee Chair Hausman sponsored a bipartisan capital investment package containing $1.046 billion in strategic investments spread across the state. These measures will fund crucial investments in college campuses, transportation, clean water and wastewater system improvements, flood prevention and mitigation, parks and trails, housing, public safety, and important economic development infrastructure. The bonding package will reduce a project backlog and take advantage of low interest rates to stretch taxpayer dollars further.

A new home for the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

exterior view of planned new Bell Museum

After a 10-year effort to construct a new facility to house the state’s natural history museum, Rep. Hausman was successful in getting legislation enacted that authorizes funding for a new Bell Museum and Planetarium. The new, revitalized Bell Museum and Planetarium will inspire generations of students to embrace careers in the sciences, engineering, and technology. The facility will be located on the southwest corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland Avenues in Falcon Heights adjacent to the U of M’s St. Paul campus.

transportation rally in the Capitol rotunda

Rep. Hausman participates in a transportation rally in the State Capitol rotunda. A long-term solution to improving the state’s transportation system will be a top priority in 2015.

Hausman tackles homelessness in Minnesota

“Homes for All” coalition advocate Darielle Dannen testifies before the Housing Finance and Policy Committee in support of Rep. Hausman’s bill to invest $100 million in permanent supportive and affordable housing located throughout the state to help end homelessness.

Darielle Dannen testifying

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