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  • Farmers’ Market Bi-Partisan Bill Passes Legislature

    The farmers’ market bi-partisan bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Barrett and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) was passed by the House late Wednesday (129-0). Senators passed it on Thursday (55-0). Bob introduced the bill after constituents who run the Chisago City Farmers Market and other Farmer’s markets around the state sought clarity to state laws that govern how food is handled at their market. Rep. Barrett worked with Chisago County constituents, various Farmer’s Market vendors, the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association, Minnesota Dept of Health, Minnesota Dept of Agriculture, the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Farmer’s Union, a bi-partisan group of elected officials and others to help craft the bill that Governor Dayton will sign into law. Read more: Legislature clarifies farmer market requirements

  • Legislative Update: Reduce Size of MN Legislature

    Last week, I introduced House File 3320, a bipartisan bill to reduce the number of Minnesota legislators by half and eliminate the need to build a lavish $90 million “Crystal Palace” Senate Office Building in St. Paul. Minnesota’s legislature, with 201 members, is the fifth largest in the country, and our state senate is the largest of any state. Ranking twenty-first in total population, there is no need to have this many politicians in St. Paul. With an unnecessary new Senate Office Building being approved, I believe this is the perfect time to enact this legislation. The stars are aligned for this to happen right now. If passed into law, the bill would go into effect for the 2016 election. Reducing the number of representatives […]

  • Legislative Update: Farmers’ Market Bill

    As I continue to represent your interests at the Capitol this session, I am happy to report that a bill I authored, House File 2178, was passed out of the House Agriculture Policy Committee on Wednesday. Brought to me by the local Chisago City Farmers Market, this bill expands the ability of farmers’ markets to do business in Minnesota. Currently, they must operate under a jumble of state statutes related to both the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Department of Health. HF 2178 authorizes vendors to perform food sampling and demonstrations at farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets are great places for local farmers to sell their goods, and this bill will allow them to offer samples without fear of violating state law. With strong bipartisan support, […]

  • Legislative Update: Repeal of Business-to-Business Taxes Passes House

    Another busy week at the Capitol ended on a positive note Thursday with a bipartisan vote in the House to repeal several harmful business-to-business taxes. I, along with legislators from both sides of the aisle, voted against these taxes last May as part of a $2.2 billion tax increase. I am glad to see the House now moving to repeal them and hope the Senate does the same very soon. The three business-to-business taxes repealed in this most recent bill, House File 1777, are the sales taxes on warehousing and storage, equipment repair and telecommunication equipment. In addition to tax repeals, the bill also conforms our state’s tax code to several federal provisions. Taxpayers will be able to make several additional financial deductions when filing […]

  • Barrett Begins Legislative Session by Supporting Propane Relief

    Legislators met today to gavel in the start of the 2014 legislative session at the State Capitol in St. Paul. I look forward to again representing the people of District 32B in the Minnesota House. With the propane shortage continuing to impact many in Minnesota, our first order of business was to suspend the House rules and pass a $20 million appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In response to an unusually cold winter made worse by a propane shortage that caused a dramatic increase in heating costs, Governor Dayton expanded the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program to include an additional 120,000 households, and increased the maximum crisis payment per applicant from $500 to $1000. Due to these changes, and […]

  • Rep. Barrett Supports Tax Repeals in Light of Positive Economic News

    State officials recently announced a projected $1.08 billion surplus for 2014-15. Without question, this is continued good news for the people of Minnesota. Now, with extra money in the bank, it’s time to take action and repeal some of the $2.1 billion in new taxes before they make a real dent on this economic upswing. Over the last two years, we have been riding a wave of continued growth. But the future wasn’t always so bright. Fortunately, we can learn from the past and make change for the better. When I first stepped into office in 2011, we faced a historic $6 billion deficit. Government spending was far outpacing the economy. Legislators were making promises they couldn’t keep with money they didn’t have. It was […]

Press Releases

  • Rep. Barrett Calls on Gov. Dayton to Fix Vikings Stadium Mistakes, Protect Taxpayers

    BARRETT INTRODUCES WORKABLE, RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION TO FUND VIKINGS STADIUM St. Paul – State Representative Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, today called on Gov. Dayton to fix his mistakes and protect hardworking taxpayers from being used as the primary funding source for the new Vikings stadium. In 2012 Gov. Dayton promised to build a stadium without tax dollars, but with dismal e-pull tab revenue—95 percent short of projection—hundreds of millions of General Fund dollars are being used. “The public demands a responsible solution. After e-pull tabs failed miserably, Gov. Dayton refused to protect taxpayers, instead choosing to protect New Jersey […]

(What) About Bob

Home: Lindstrom
Occupation: Business
Education: B.S., Accounting,
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Elected: 2010
Term: 2nd
Family: Married, spouse Judi, 2 children

Bills Co-Authored by Bob Barrett

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