Rep. Anderson and Sen. Westrom

Dist. 12B Representative Paul Anderson (R- Starbuck) and Senator Torrey Westrom (R- Elbow Lake)

ST. PAUL – The 2020 legislative session began Tuesday and Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said it’s good to be back at the Capitol and tax relief is a major focus of his this year.

“This is always an exciting day when we come back into session,” Anderson said. “High on the list of most people here is how we handle the state’s projected $1.3 billion surplus. We certainly would like to get that money back into the hands of those who paid into it in the form of some tax relief. My particular concern is aligning state tax code to federal code with the Section 179 fast depreciation. That’s tops on my list for this session.

“I’m also working to study carefully some of the social issues that are going to be brought up by the House DFLers here this session. We need to be careful about how we move on those. Also, in our area, we hear about critical shortages of daycare and jobs going unfilled either because daycare is not available or because affordable housing is in great need for folks in Greater Minnesota, especially in our District 12B area.”

Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, was also optimistic about the upcoming session.  He talked about his hopes for the session and key areas to focus on. 

Each Friday at 10:40-11:00am on KXRA 1490am, 100.3fm (Alexandria Area), 105.7fm (Pope Co.), or streaming live at you can here from our local legislators as Joe Korkowski talks with them during our program called the Legislative Update.