Reprinted from Eden Prairie News, September 16, 2010
by Jenifer Loon
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Eden Prairie for their support during my first term in the Minnesota House.
It has been an honor and a privilege representing you for the past two years. We have faced difficult challenges, largely brought on by the recession, and I have deeply appreciated your guidance, questions, and comments. Throughout our legislative deliberations, I have strived to be a voice for fiscal responsibility. I worked hard to implement thoughtful government reforms and set priorities for our state rather than tap strained family budgets and small business for more tax dollars to increase government spending.
I am very pleased to report success on some of the initiatives I championed this session which will make a difference. On the property tax front, a redistribution program developed in 1972 which diverts millions of dollars in property taxes from Eden Prairie’s business community to other metro-area cities will finally be given a critical review. The bill I authored to study the fiscal disparities program was signed into law this year. This antiquated program raises residential property taxes on local home owners in “donor” cities like Eden Prairie, and is long overdue for study and reform. I am pleased to have gotten the ball rolling on this important fairness initiative.
Next spring, ground will be broken to rebuild the I-494/Hwy 169 Interchange. I am pleased to have helped move this important project up the list of priorities to address traffic congestion and safety concerns for Eden Prairie residents.
In health care, individuals and small business with up to 100 employees buying insurance in the Minnesota marketplace will soon have more options as they will be allowed to purchase flexible benefit plans. The amendment I offered to the commerce bill to achieve this change received strong bipartisan support and was signed into law.
My priorities have been and will continue to be: To enact policies that improve our short and long-term employment outlook and strengthen our economy. This includes redesigning government to deliver high quality services in an affordable, sustainable manner, and student-centered education reforms to ensure high achievement for Minnesota’s children. By listening to you and working in a principled, effective, bipartisan fashion, I’ve sought to create real solutions to problems facing Minnesota.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community. I humbly ask for your vote on November 2 to continue working on your behalf in the Minnesota House.