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State Representative Dario Anselmo

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Posted: 2017-02-10
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Legislative Update

Legislative Update from Rep. Dario Anselmo


Dear Neighbor,

Here is an update from the Capitol.

Promoting STEM Education

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an integral component to providing every Minnesota student with a well-rounded, world-class education. In an effort to improve student learning, I have partnered with the Edina High School Robotics team and will soon be introducing legislation to promote STEM education in Minnesota schools.

STEM education in our schools is critical to not only the success of future generations, but the future of our state as well.  

Regents

As a member of the House Higher Education Committee, we recently held a joint hearing with the Senate and voted for a slate of regent candidates for the University of Minnesota. Those candidates will be presented before the legislature later this month for a full vote. It was wonderful to hear from a diverse group of candidates committed to improving higher education at the U of M.

I will keep you updated as the regent process moves forward.

Highlands Elementary Visit

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It was fun to meet with students and educators from Edina Highlands Elementary School last week. I hope they had a great tour, and learned more about state government and civic involvement.

Thank you for coming to St. Paul!

MSFA Audit

Earlier this week, the nonpartisan Office of the Legislative Auditor released a report about the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s (MSFA) use of two suites at U.S. Bank Stadium. The report was done after an investigative report from the Star Tribune was released about tickets being given to friends, families, and elected officials.

The Auditor found that core ethical principles were violated when MSFA leaders provided free tickets to friends and family members. They also failed to comply with state law by not maintaining a record of who received stadium suite tickets. Finally, the Auditor also rejected the claims made by the MSFA that they need use of two suites, as opposed to one.

As an elected official, I want to ensure that state agencies, elected officials and political appointees are acting in a transparent manner. We must all be held accountable to the people of Minnesota, and that’s why I am pleased that House Republicans are advancing legislation this session to reform the MSFA and ensure that going forward, the Authority is held more accountable to hardworking taxpayers.

Constituent Visits

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Great speaking with Minnesota film and TV production workers who came down for their day at the Capitol.

Thank you to all of the constituents from Edina who have come to visit with me over the past few weeks.

Constituents I met with include Renee Luck who was in Saint Paul for Second Chance Day on the Hill; Amy Hill who was here for Resolve Day on the Hill; Tom Cloyd with Stand Up to Paralysis; and Mike Casserly, Reid Mason, Robert Sannerud and Grace Zhu who were here for CPA Day at the Capitol.

It was great to chat with you and hear more about your priorities for state government!

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I welcome you to contact my office at any time to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas about what you would like to see happen this session. Your input is invaluable and helps me better represent the voices and priorities of our community. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4363 or by email at Rep.Dario.Anselmo@House.mn.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your voice at the Capitol.

Sincerely,

Dario

 

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