Making Minnesota Work Again
Well before Donald Trump was pledging to “Make America Great Again,” we were “Making Minnesota Work Again” — by balancing our state budget honestly for the first time in over a decade; by investing in education and repaying a billion-dollar school funding shift; and by getting our legislative work done on time.
The 2013-2014 legislature was one of Minnesota’s most productive, accomplishing the goals we set out to achieve and many more: re-establishing state budget integrity; dramatically expanding health coverage to thousands of Minnesotans; investing in education and infrastructure; extending the reach of broadband connectivity; protecting the rights of Minnesotans to marry whomever they choose; improving water quality throughout the state, etc…
Although the 2016 election didn’t go our way, I will always cherish the opportunity to serve my hometown and the beautiful river valley, blufflands, and rolling ag communities of Southeast Minnesota in the Minnesota state Senate. Thank you!
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- Lead on meaningful state healthcare reform & health coverage affordability
- Drive compromise toward improved road and bridge infrastructure
- Make college more affordable & our education system more relevant to 21st century learning, life & employment
- Promote rural priorities, such as workforce housing, job training & economic competitiveness
- Continue the senate’s commitment to honest budgeting
Thanks for your continued support – and for joining our effort to make Minnesota a better place to live, work and raise a family. Now let’s do everything we can to continue our strong record of accomplishment for our great state.
Together, we’re making Minnesota work again!
IN THE NEWS
Area Legislative Candidate Forums
The 2016 campaign offered clear contrasts in style, experience, and knowledge of the issues. Click here to view the legislative candidate forum hosted by the Red Wing League of Women Voters as it was posted to the city website.
‘Legislator of Distinction’ Recognition
Senator Schmit was recognized for the third year in a row as a “Legislator of Distinction” by the League of Minnesota Cities for his work promoting the expansion of broadband Internet connectivity to areas of rural Minnesota that lack access. Schmit is one of three Senators to receive the award in both 2015 and 2016, and one of two to be recognized three years in a row.
Standing Against High Speed Rail
I stand firmly opposed to high-speed rail development until those living along Highway 52 are assured of tangible benefits — and not simply costs — of potential development. Unfortunately, federal preemption severely limits the legislature’s authority to regulate railroads, and many proposals are simply beyond the legislature’s purview. I’m focused on the interests of corridor residents, and at this early stage that means structured, transparent, and accountable public engagement that provides all stakeholders with answers they deserve. Unfortunately, some choose to misrepresent the facts on this important issue.
Statewide Support for Broadband
“Sen. Matt Schmit, D-Red Wing, said rural students would benefit big time from high-speed Internet service, giving them what he called ‘anywhere, anytime learning.'” – Duluth News Tribune, Read More