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This Wednesday I met with local officials, Governor Dayton and State Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Kris Eide for the Flood Preparedness Discussion. Aimed at creating a discussion about the state’s preparedness for the spring’s flood mitigation, I was glad to see all parties come together to discuss what can be done to get our cities ready for spring.
I will be hosting the first of many “Coffee with Kathy” sessions starting March 4th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Gorman’s Restaurant. Please contact Melissa Hackenmueller at 651-296-9471 to schedule a time to meet.
As I speak more with members of our community, I would like to take a quick moment and share a few more of my thoughts on Governor Dayton’s budget proposal. Governor Dayton’s budget contained deep and lasting cuts to the disabled and the elderly in our community. Balancing the budget by reducing benefits for those in our community who are disabled and elderly is consistent with my belief that we must stand with those in our community who are most vulnerable. Governor Dayton has said this week, that if the Feb. forecast shows the state’s economy in a better place than Governor Dayton had projected then he would try and reduce the deep cuts he made to the disabled and elderly in the Health and Human Services portion of his proposal. While the effort to take the cuts back is appreciated, the sheer fact that Governor Dayton’s first, quickest and deepest cut in his budget was to the most vulnerable in our community shows that his priorities do not reflect on the understanding of those needs.
I was very encouraged on Tuesday evening as I attended the annual MCCL (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) dinner. As always, I believe that life is sacred and should be honored, respected and protected. It was wonderful to see over 60 legislators, many members of our community join together to defend life in all stages.
As always I enjoy hearing from my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
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