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Spring has officially begun. Committee deadlines are closing in and the Easter and Passover holidays are right around the corner. Here’s an update from the Capitol:
Capital Investment Hears About the New Hope Pool Project
The City of New Hope is seeking a state match for funds to construct a 50-meter competition pool for youth swimming that will be used by youth in New Hope and other communities in the region. Yesterday, I was joined by Kirk McDonald, the New Hope City Manager (pictured right), and Bob Crunstedt, the Executive Director of Minnesota Swimming (pictured middle). Together, we presented my bill to fund the match for the project to the members of the Capital Investment Committee. Minnesota Swimming represents 10,000 members involved in competitive swimming for youth throughout Minnesota. The project will now be considered for inclusion in the final Capital Investment bill.
Funding for MNLARS Improvements
Thursday, the Minnesota House and Senate approved a Conference Committee bill to transfer funds from an existing Driver and Vehicle Services account to support essential improvements to the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). Minnesota IT (Internet Technology) Services and the Department of Public Safety will now have the resources and support they need to retain top talent and make urgently-needed improvements to MNLARS for the next several months. Governor Dayton said he would sign the changes into law immediately.
Saturday’s March for our Lives
On this Saturday morning, March 24th, Minnesota students and advocates are marching in Saint Paul from Harriet Island to the State Capitol in support of action on gun violence prevention from legislative leaders. This coordinated effort stems from a student rally organized in Washington DC, and has spread to communities across the country. You can learn more details of the event here.
Last Friday, Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget plan for a better Minnesota. His budget focuses on increasing tax fairness for individuals, continuing investments in Minnesota’s youngest learners, expanding access to affordable health care, leaving a fair and balanced state budget, and improving incomes and economic opportunities for all Minnesotans.
As we work through various committees over the coming weeks, we’ll begin to create our own version of a supplemental budget. In the end, a budget is a reflection of our priorities. My top priority is to ensure every Minnesotan gets the opportunity to succeed that they deserve. We can only make that a reality by continuing to invest in the things that make life better for all of us.
Town Hall – March 27th
A reminder that the town hall meeting I am hosting with State Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL - Golden Valley) and Sen. Ann H. Rest (DFL – New Hope) is on Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Drive N, Crystal, MN 55429). You are encouraged to attend with questions and concerns about the 2018 legislative session. All are welcome.
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