Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  It’s an incredible honor to represent my hometown in the Legislature!  Over the last six years, I have worked and fought for our district focusing on area infrastructure, support for local businesses and education.  My proudest achievements have been working with other Democrats and Republicans on the Border City Enterprise and Development Zone program, and infrastructure projects like the 20/21 Street Moorhead underpass and flood mitigation.

The 2017-18 biennium ended with bipartisan Capital Investment and Pension bills becoming law.  The Capital Investment Bill funded critical infrastructure projects around the state like our 20/21 Street underpass, North Moorhead flood mitigation work, building renovations at Minnesota State University Moorhead and improvements to municipal water treatment facilities.  The Pension Bill will move state pension plans toward solvency by reducing $3.4 billion in unfunded liabilities.  The positive impact of the Pension Bill is already being realized as Minnesota’s credit rating was recently upgraded to “AAA” by Standard and Poor’s.

This is good, bipartisan work; however, we have so much more to do.  We must continue working together so educational opportunities exist for every Minnesota student.  Health care costs go up every year, and we need to ensure people have access to affordable, quality care.  Economic opportunities in Greater Minnesota must be available for businesses, communities and families to thrive.  These issues all present challenges for us to become stronger and move forward together.

I again thank everyone in District 4A for the opportunity to represent you at the State Capitol.  I also thank everyone for all the input and comments.  Please continue to reach out to me with your concerns or questions at any time.



Ben Lien