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Incumbent's View: I will work to continue progress of moving Minnesota forward

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1229229","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"120","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"86"}}]]It has been an honor to represent the people of House District 6A in the Minnesota Legis...


It has been an honor to represent the people of House District 6A in the Minnesota Legislature. With the upcoming election on Nov. 4, I’d like to take this opportunity for voters to review my legislative record before heading to the polls. When voters sent me to the Capitol in January 2013, Minnesota faced a $627 million budget deficit and nearly $1 billion in debt to our schools. The Legislature corrected course and put Minnesota back on track, investing in hardworking families and middle-class Minnesotans by paying back the money borrowed from schools, making historic investments in education, providing new property tax refunds for homeowners and renters, increasing funding for our nursing homes and long-term caregivers, growing our economy and turning our budget deficit into a surplus. As a legislator, I helped lead the way in the fight for economic justice. I helped raise the minimum wage for more than 300,000 workers, invest in job-training programs, and provide incentives for business expansions across the state. I also authored the Women’s Economic Security Act, which promotes equal pay for equal work, enhances protections for victims of domestic violence, strengthens workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers and helps women develop skills needed to obtain high-wage jobs where women are underrepresented. Recognizing the value of providing opportunities for all kids regardless of zip code or economic standing, I also voted for historic investments in education, including all-day kindergarten for every child. To help students pay for a post-secondary degree, I voted for a tuition freeze at Minnesota state colleges and universities and a significant boost to the state grant financial aid program. I also authored legislation that dedicated a greater portion of the taconite production tax to Iron Range schools. As a result, all schools in the taconite relief area will see additional per-pupil funding. Investing in our communities is one of my top priorities. That’s why I successfully secured state bonding money for our region, including $5 million for a new passenger terminal at Range Regional Airport and funding for improvements to classrooms at Hibbing Community College. Along with the Range delegation, I secured money for important projects like the new Greenway Fire Hall, the Nashwauk Town Hall, and the replacement of the running track in Chisholm. I also helped boost property tax refunds for more than 11,500 homeowners and nearly 14,000 renters in St. Louis and Itasca counties, resulting in decreased property tax burdens in communities like Floodwood. We’ve made significant progress, but there is a lot more work to do to create good jobs and grow our economy. I look forward to seeing you to talk about how we can keep Minnesota moving forward. I would be humbled and honored to receive your vote on Nov. 4 so I can continue to work hard for you in the Minnesota Legislature. Carly Melin of Hibbing is the incumbent DFL representative of Minnesota House District 6A. She wrote this exclusively for the News Tribune at the request of the Opinion page. What about her oppponent? The News Tribune also invited House District 6A Republican challenger Roger Weber of rural Nashwauk to write a commentary about his candidacy. He didn’t respond.
It has been an honor to represent the people of House District 6A in the Minnesota Legislature. With the upcoming election on Nov. 4, I’d like to take this opportunity for voters to review my legislative record before heading to the polls.When voters sent me to the Capitol in January 2013, Minnesota faced a $627 million budget deficit and nearly $1 billion in debt to our schools. The Legislature corrected course and put Minnesota back on track, investing in hardworking families and middle-class Minnesotans by paying back the money borrowed from schools, making historic investments in education, providing new property tax refunds for homeowners and renters, increasing funding for our nursing homes and long-term caregivers, growing our economy and turning our budget deficit into a surplus.As a legislator, I helped lead the way in the fight for economic justice. I helped raise the minimum wage for more than 300,000 workers, invest in job-training programs, and provide incentives for business expansions across the state. I also authored the Women’s Economic Security Act, which promotes equal pay for equal work, enhances protections for victims of domestic violence, strengthens workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers and helps women develop skills needed to obtain high-wage jobs where women are underrepresented.Recognizing the value of providing opportunities for all kids regardless of zip code or economic standing, I also voted for historic investments in education, including all-day kindergarten for every child. To help students pay for a post-secondary degree, I voted for a tuition freeze at Minnesota state colleges and universities and a significant boost to the state grant financial aid program. I also authored legislation that dedicated a greater portion of the taconite production tax to Iron Range schools. As a result, all schools in the taconite relief area will see additional per-pupil funding.Investing in our communities is one of my top priorities. That’s why I successfully secured state bonding money for our region, including $5 million for a new passenger terminal at Range Regional Airport and funding for improvements to classrooms at Hibbing Community College. Along with the Range delegation, I secured money for important projects like the new Greenway Fire Hall, the Nashwauk Town Hall, and the replacement of the running track in Chisholm. I also helped boost property tax refunds for more than 11,500 homeowners and nearly 14,000 renters in St. Louis and Itasca counties, resulting in decreased property tax burdens in communities like Floodwood.We’ve made significant progress, but there is a lot more work to do to create good jobs and grow our economy. I look forward to seeing you to talk about how we can keep Minnesota moving forward. I would be humbled and honored to receive your vote on Nov. 4 so I can continue to work hard for you in the Minnesota Legislature.Carly Melin of Hibbing is the incumbent DFL representative of Minnesota House District 6A. She wrote this exclusively for the News Tribune at the request of the Opinion page.What about her oppponent?The News Tribune also invited House District 6A Republican challenger Roger Weber of rural Nashwauk to write a commentary about his candidacy. Hedidn’t respond.

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