As the 2017 session began, I had a small list of goals that I hoped we could accomplish before adjournment. The must-do list included setting the state's budget, approving Real ID so Minnesotans could board an airplane in 2018, providing tax relief for Social Security recipients and reforming health care. The would-be-nice-to-do list included tax relief for the middle class and a long-term road and bridge investment without raising anyone's taxes.
Minnesota House Republicans have unveiled their budget targets for the upcoming biennium, and I'm pleased with a number of the priorities. With a budget surplus of $1.6 billion, I've been looking forward to seeing a plan with some meaningful tax relief. Not only do we have that here, but there's also more money for roads and bridges and K-12 education.