Broadband access will be high priority for House Republicans
I appreciate the attendance at my town hall meeting last week on broadband funding. Ensuring access to reliable, high-speed Internet service is a major priority for families across Greater Minnesota, and it's a priority House Republicans will be focused on come next session.
Thanks to state funding, federal funding and private partnerships, more money than ever is coming into Minnesota for broadband. During the next several years, more than $500 million will help connect unserved and underserved areas of our state, which will help families, businesses and schools get the broadband access they need.
Two years ago, Democrats had full control of state government. Instead of focusing on priorities of families across the state like roads and bridges and broadband, they spent more than $200 million to build the now-failed MNsure website. Instead of fully embracing Obamacare, we could have fully funded the governor's broadband request with money left over for some tax relief.
Unfortunately, now we're stuck with a broken website, and families in Southeast Minnesota are seeing skyrocketing premiums and fewer health-care choices.
While Democrats are focused on raising your taxes, my colleagues and I will be fighting to return the budget surplus to taxpayers. We know we can deliver tax relief while still investing in priorities like broadband, caring for our seniors and fixing our roads and bridges — without a tax increase.
Rep. Greg Davids