Dear Neighbors,

The Minnesota House of Representatives adjourned on May 19, capping an incredibly productive 2013-2014 legislative session.

When the session began in January of 2013, Minnesota faced a $600 million deficit, we owed our schools over $800 million and property taxes were on the rise. We turned the state in a different direction, investing in hardworking families and middle-class Minnesotans by:

  • Paying back the money borrowed from our schools
  • Making historic investments in education, from early childhood to college
  • Reducing property taxes for middle class Minnesotans
  • Growing our economy and creating more jobs
  • Helping turn our budget deficit into a surplus
  • Working to create a more bipartisan Legislature

Minnesota has momentum, but there is always more work to be done to ensure we keep our state and community headed in the right direction and our middle class strong. I look forward to spending this summer and fall visiting with you to talk about how we can keep our state moving forward.


Representative JoAnn Ward
Representing Minnesota District 53A (Landfall, eastern Maplewood, southern Oakdale, and western Woodbury)