For more information contact: Leah Patton 651-296-9895
I received some questions on our House budget targets since my last update. Our budget targets add up to net zero for fiscal year 2016/2017. Essentially, when all of our budget categories are added up, the House is not spending any additional money in this year’s legislation. All "new" money that has been appropriated in our House Budget Resolution has been reallocated from different budget areas, meaning that there is essentially no additional tax payer money being spent in our bills this year. The graph below shows the change in each budget target area for this year.
Not shown on this graph is approximately $50 million in new appropriations within the education budget, which was found by giving school districts the option to opt into a loan payback program.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training for Foster Parents
On Thursday, May 5th, a bill passed the House floor requiring foster care parents to complete one hour of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder training within the first year of being issued their foster care license. This bill, HF3305, passed in a unanimous vote of 130-0. For more information, see summary by House Public Information Services: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=10205
Mother’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo
For Mother’s Day weekend, the Minnesota Zoo if offering free admission for mothers! This promotion will be going on from May 7th-8th. For more information use this link: http://mnzoo.org/events/macys-mothers-day-weekend-2-2016-05-07/
Rosemount City Facilities Task Force
Rosemount City Council is forming a City Facilities Task Force and are taking applications. The task force will focus on planning facilities expansions with a 25 year scope to meet the growing needs of our community. For those who are interested, here is a link to more information and the application, which is due by May 27th: http://ci.rosemount.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=130
Rosemount Arbor Day Celebration
As part of the City's Arbor Day celebration, Rosemount will be giving away 180 trees tomorrow (Saturday, May 7th) at 10:00 am. You can pick up your tree at the Public Works garages by City Hall. For more information, follow this link: http://ci.rosemount.mn.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=2021
Happy Mother’s Day
I’d like to wish all the moms in our district a very happy Mother’s Day. Every year, this holiday reminds me of all of the different ways mothers affect our lives, and how many different ways someone can become a “mom”. To women who have chosen to fill that role for someone who does not have a mother in their lives, to those who have adopted children, and for new mothers getting used to having an infant in your home, God bless you and your loved ones.
My prayers are also with the mothers who have lost their children, and for those in our community celebrating Mother’s Day without their mom nearby.
This is the first time I have had a child of my own on Mother's Day, and I can’t believe what an honor it is to be his mommy.