Working for Our Communities

Many issues that affect our local communities require collaboration among state, county, and city governments. I have developed strong relationships with our local governments. Together we have accomplished a number of good things for our communities.

Rep. Yarusso has a keen understanding of local issues and works hard to get results for us at the legislature. — Mayor Sandy Martin, Shoreview

Transportation & Economic Development

  • Funding for replacement of Highway 96 and Co. Rd. H bridges over 35W
  • Funding for spine road through TCAAP redevelopment area
  • Pothole repair funding
  • Railroad quiet zones in Shoreview
  • Pilot tax increment financing program for local business expansions
  • Working to provide sound walls in Mounds View
  • Working with Met Council to extend bus rapid transit through Arden Hills

Lowering Property Taxes & Increasing School Funding

  • Increased local government aid
  • Increased funding of property tax refunds
  • Sales tax exemption on purchases by local governments
  • Paid back schools and increased per-pupil aid

Public Safety

  • Victims' notification bill for victims of domestic violence
  • Forensic laboratories required to be accredited
  • Expansion of the East Metro Public Safety Training Center
  • Improved railroad and pipeline safety training and preparedness
  • GPS monitoring and prohibition of firearm possession for domestic abuse offenders

Environmental Quality

  • Funding for a study of the question of augmenting the water level of Turtle Lake
  • Authorization for the DNR to establish a ground water management area in the north and east metro