Franson to serve on Republican Rural CaucusIn an organizational meeting last Tuesday, Republican members of the Minnesota Senate and House formed the Minnesota State Legislature’s Republican Rural Caucus.
In an organizational meeting last Tuesday, Republican members of the Minnesota Senate and House formed the Minnesota State Legislature’s Republican Rural Caucus.
The group, open to all Republican legislators, seeks to discuss with greater focus and awareness the issues that face rural legislators within their respective chambers.
Senator Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and House counterpart Representative Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, were elected co-chairs of the Rural Caucus.
Other members elected to the executive committee include Senator David Senjem R-Rochester, Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria and Representative Carolyn McElfatrick, R-Deer River.
“It is a privilege to be selected to serve on the executive committee of this caucus. I look forward to working with the members of the Minnesota Rural Caucus to focus on Greater Minnesota issues that are so vital to this great state,” said Franson.
Tom Gillaspy, state demographer, spoke to the group about demographic changes in rural Minnesota and issues of particular interest for the next several years.
“Dramatic demographic changes this decade will affect Minnesota’s economy and government budgets,” Gillaspy said. “While these will involve the entire state, specific concerns in rural Minnesota will be heightened. These include redistricting, effects of an aging rural population, a slowing growth of the labor force, rural health care and worldwide trends related to agriculture demand.”
The Republican Rural Caucus will meet on a weekly basis and regularly invite policy experts, state leaders and others to participate in their discussions.
More than 30 legislators from the Minnesota Senate and House attended the first meeting. Another meeting was planned this week.