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We're just a few days away from the start of session, so I wanted to send along one last interim update on the community events I've been able to attend over the past couple of weeks, and give you a preview of issues I'll be working on this session.
Earlier this month, Minnesotans gathered for their respective precinct caucuses, the first step in the 2014 election process. I wanted to thank those of you who took time out of your busy lives to get involved--regardless of party--in your local caucus. The world belongs to those who show up, and I appreciate your commitment and dedication to the political process in shaping the future of your respective political party and the state as a whole.
AMSD Legislative Preview
On Friday, February 7th, I attended the Association of Metropolitan School Districts' (AMSD) 2014 Legislative Preview event. In attendance were a number of local school officials and other elected officials to hear from the AMSD about their legislative priorities for 2014. We also heard from Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
This was the first of several pre-session events I attended in the last few weeks. I also attended an Education Summit on February 6th put on by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce where we heard from a number of speakers about education reform and ways we can tackle our state's unacceptable achievement gap. That weekend, I got the chance to attend a joint event on February 8th put on by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators, and the Minnesota FFA for their legislative breakfast. There we heard about some of the unique issues facing Minnesota's agriculture industry, and the educators who work in the field of agricultural education. On Monday, Februray 10th, I attended the Legislative Institute on Child Development Research and Policy, where we heard from leading experts about child development and ways to increase learning and achievement for our youngest learners.
Rosemount State of the City
On Wednesday, February 12th, Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste gave his annual State of the City address. The mayor noted that the city is in good shape economically, and dedicated part of his speech to highlighting the incredibly strong sense of community in Rosemount. He commended the Rosemount High School Marching Band and their recent trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as an example of one of the many things we have to be proud of in our community.
Boy Scout Meeting
Last week, on Thursday, February 13th, I attended the Rosemount Pack 295 meeting. It was a special night as the scouts celebrated the Boy Scouts of America's 104th birthday and received awards - including the Arrow of Light Award. It is great to see so many young people involved in Boy Scouts, and staying active in helping make their community a better place. I appreciated the warm reception and getting to talk with a number of the scouts and their parents.
Suburban Transit Association
On Tuesday, February 18th, I attended the Suburban Transit Association Legislative Breakfast where leaders discussed their priorities for the 2014 legislative session. Transportation is one of the core functions of government, and an issue that is sure to be a hot topic for the 2014 session. I hope to see roads and bridges prioritized for the bonding bill and other transportation discussions this session, and look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to determine how we can tackle the transit challenges facing our community and state as a whole.
Apple Valley Chamber Luncheon
On Wednesday, February 19, I attended the Apple Valley Chamber Luncheon, where we heard from Dr. Rich Wagner, the President of Dunwoody's College of Technology. Education was the main topic of conversation, and there was much discussion about the role of our education system in training our future workforce. A critical topic since I serve on the Education Finance and Education Policy Committees in the House.