Turning red from the edges in: MN republicans celebrate house, senate majority at third annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
It was a night of history at the Becker County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Friday evening, remembering the Alamo and recounts of other influential historical figures—but there was an eye on a hopeful future as well.
"What we did in the last election is paying off," said Minnesota State Representative Steve Green, adding that they are now able to do "a lot of reform," making "tremendous amounts of cuts in the bills."
He also mentioned working on reforming union contracts and keeping as much land as possible private.
"If we continue to buy land, your property tax is going to continue to go up," he said.
During his speech, Green also proclaimed "MNSure is now done in the state of Minnesota," which garnered a loud applause from the crowd.
And the speakers who followed, repeated much the same, focusing on history, and pointing out the similarities President Donald Trump has with the Ronald Reagan administration.
"I want to talk about the importance of electing leaders who understand business," said Scott Van Binsbergen, a Minnesota business man. "As I've been watching President Trump, he isn't making his own rules. He's following the administration of Reagan."
Van Binsbergen went on to say Reagan wanted peace much like Trump, and the only way they saw fit to achieve it was by becoming "A power that nobody messed with."
A letter from Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt referred to Mark Dayton as "a lame duck governor."
And there was much rejoicing all around at the Republican majority, with many representatives and speakers convinced Minnesota will soon "turn red" in the next couple elections.
"If we want to change the direction of the state, we have to be in the majority," said Former Senator David Hann.
As far as the current and proposed changes in direction the new majority is making, State Senator Paul Utke, said, "We're going to cut the income tax for the first time in 17 years...[and] phase out the tax on social security," hoping to create a "job-friendly tax plan."
Another item the legislature is looking into is reforming teacher licensing requirements to combat the teacher shortage across the nation.
So there are some big hopes and plans for the Republican majority, which seem to be in the interest of rural Minnesota.
"I can tell you that Minnesota is turning red," said Representative Matt Dean. "It is turning red from the edges in."
But a number of these red promises will have to be carried out to convince the larger cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth to yield their blue beliefs, turning the state red.