St. Paul – Minnesota’s 2013 Legislative Session officially began January 8 with Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) and 133 other state representatives being sworn into office during a ceremony at the State Capitol. 


“It’s an honor to represent the people in Watonwan, Blue Earth and Waseca counties, and I look forward to hearing from them and fighting for their needs over the next two years,” Cornish said.


Most of Rep. Cornish’s work during the first months of session will take place in House committees.  Cornish said he was pleased with his recent committee assignments, as he will serve as the Republican Lead for the House Public Safety and Finance Committee.  Cornish is also a member of the Judiciary Finance and Policy, and the Environment and Natural Resources Policy committees.


Speaking of committees, Cornish said he was disappointed with the Democrat decision to eliminate an agriculture finance committee, even though it chose to increase the number of House committees overall.


“Agriculture is a critical component of Minnesota’s economy, and eliminating that committee is a bad sign for rural Minnesota,” Cornish said.  “Worse, the Democrats have combined agriculture with environment finance.  This means the chairperson, who is from Minneapolis and has historically voted against agriculture finance proposals, will now decide whether rural development programs should receive money or if she should just spend them on her favorite environment projects.” 


“Common sense would tell you a rural Democrat should probably be in charge of funding priorities in rural Minnesota,” Cornish continued.  “Instead, a Minneapolis environmentalist will now dictate how and if ag and rural development money is going to be spent.”


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