We received some good news recently when the federal government granted Minnesota a REAL ID extension until October 2018. Last session, we approved a new law that brought Minnesota into full compliance with the federal REAL ID act, which was a federal law passed in 2005. Its goal was to make it more difficult for potential terrorists to obtain fake identification cards by setting standards that states must meet for their driver's licenses.
Minnesota House Republicans have unveiled their budget targets for the upcoming biennium, and I'm pleased with a number of the priorities. With a budget surplus of $1.6 billion, I've been looking forward to seeing a plan with some meaningful tax relief. Not only do we have that here, but there's also more money for roads and bridges and K-12 education.