Making Minnesota Work Again
My name is Matt Schmit. I’m a lifelong Red Wing resident, the son of a schoolteacher and a football coach. I’m a small business owner and university instructor — and I’m your state Senator.
Four years ago I ran for state Senate with three primary goals: First, balance our state budget honestly — with no shifts, gimmicks, or games. Second, invest in education and repay over $1 billion borrowed from Minnesota schools to ‘balance’ previous state budgets. And third, prove that Minnesota can work again by getting our legislative work done on time and under budget.
Four years later, I can honestly say that our state Senate has delivered on those promises — and many more.
The past four years in Minnesota have been nothing short of historic. Our state Senate has produced real results for hard-working families, strengthening our rural communities and quality of life. We’ve invested in education and infrastructure, promoted equal opportunity in state law, and returned a steady hand to state budgeting.
The 2013 legislative session balanced our budget honestly for the first time in a decade, and in 2014 we concluded another smooth session on time and under budget. In 2015 the Senate matched strong stewardship of the budget with targeted investment in our rural schools, nursing homes, and clean water. And in 2016 we struck a balanced approach between targeted investment and smart tax policy. We took steps to expand broadband Internet access throughout Greater Minnesota, promoted local property tax relief, and put the next legislature in a good position to continue responsible, forward-thinking budgeting.
Given this strong record of accomplishment, I’d like to continue to serve as your state Senator and be your voice at the state Capitol. Specifically, I’d like to focus on the following priorities:
- Continue the Senate’s commitment to honest budgeting
- 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
Thanks for your continued support – and for joining our effort to make Minnesota a better place to live, work and recreate. 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
‘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.
Broadband debate centers on cost, students, businesses
“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