Rep. Rick Hansen made good on his commitment to pay back the money owed to our schools and voted to make historic investments in education—including all-day kindergarten for every Minnesota child. Rep. Hansen also voted for the largest financial aid increase in a generation, including a tuition freeze at Minnesota state colleges and universities to help Minnesota students pay for college.
Thanks to the direct property tax relief passed by the legislation in 2013 and 2014, Minnesotans will be paying less in property taxes statewide for the first time in over a decade. Rep. Rick Hansen also voted to use a significant portion of the 2014 budget surplus to cut taxes for more than a million Minnesotans.
More than 50,000 jobs have been created in Minnesota since the 2013 session began, which means all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession have been recovered. Rep. Rick Hansen helped build on this progress with new investments proven to spur middle class job creation, such as job training initiatives and incentives for business expansions.
After years of deep cuts to our seniors and the disabled, Rep. Rick Hansen provided much-needed funding increases for our nursing homes and long-term care providers. Rep. Hansen voted to repeal the farm equipment repair tax and voted to increase direct property tax relief for farmers. And Rep. Hansen voted to make investments in jobs initiatives and in infrastructure important to Greater Minnesota—from roads and bridges to access to broadband internet.