Thank you for visiting my website!
If you’ve often wondered where I stand on the issues or how things are progressing at the State Capitol, you’ve come to the right place.
The big news from 2012 is that our legislative agenda has turned Minnesota’s economy around.
You’ll recall the previous legislative leadership left us with a $5.1 billion budget deficit in January, 2011. Through spending reductions and needed government reform, we have turned that shortfall into a $1.3 billion surplus, lowered our state unemployment rate from 7.5% to 5.7%, and found a job for 40,000 people that had previously been out of work. We forced government to live within its means, and the private sector responded. Because of our actions, Minnesota’s economy has experienced an unprecedented turnaround.
While I’m pleased with these results, I was also pleased with many of my own personal accomplishments. As Chair of the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee, I helped craft a number of bipartisan new crime policies, including penalty increases for the criminal neglect of vulnerable adults, motor fuel theft, allowing law enforcement to fingerprint any offender to eliminate a suspense record, and allowing county attorneys to carry a handgun while at work if they have a permit. Our committee goal was to be tough on criminals while helping victims of crime, and we were.
It’s an honor to serve as your state representative, and I look forward to serving you in 2013.
Rep. Tony Cornish