Committee work continues and chairs are holding meetings into the evening as we approach our first committee deadline next Friday. Here’s an update on our progress:
This week, I had an opportunity to present two of my bills. The first extends state aid to local governments to fund increased employer contributions to the Public Employees Retirement Association and the second would make investments to the ParentChild+ home program. This program focuses on improving children’s literacy. There are proven outcomes for children in the PCHP program; they are 50% more likely to be ready for kindergarten; 50% less likely to be referred to special education services by 3rd grade; and 30% more likely to graduate from high school. I’ll continue to advocate for both of these important measures’ advancement.
I’m pleased to share I’ve been appointed by the Speaker to serve on the Subcommittee on Employee Relations for the 2021-2022 biennium. This is the subcommittee charged with reviewing and approving state employees’ labor contracts. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity!
New Proposal Provides Jobless Benefits for Hourly School Employees
Legislation has been introduced to provide Unemployment Insurance benefits to school bus drivers, cafeteria, paraprofessionals, and other hourly school employees. These Minnesotans have gone above and beyond to care for Minnesota kids. These heroic individuals, whose jobs got interrupted through no fault of their own, deserve access to unemployment benefits. KARE11 has the story here.
Public Option Legislation Featured on Newest Minnesota Values Podcast Episode
A new proposal to establish a public option for Minnesotans without access to affordable, comprehensive health care is the focus of the newest House DFL podcast episode. The bill’s chief author, Rep. Jen Schultz of Duluth, says Minnesotans from across all geography and backgrounds would benefit. Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts, and share the episode with your family and friends.
Here’s a reminder to please take a moment to share your thoughts with me by taking my 2021 legislative survey. Hearing from you is very important to me, and helps drive my work for our Hopkins and St. Louis Park neighbors.
Connecting with Community
This week, I had the chance to join advocates at the Children First Annual (virtual) Breakfast. They do incredible work supporting and mentoring our St. Louis Park youth! And that was on full display yesterday morning with the wonderful student emcees and a student produced film. You can learn more about Children First and their work here.
Keep in Touch
Please continue to reach out anytime with feedback, ideas, or questions. I can be reached at email@example.com or 651-296-9889. As we continue to operate remotely in the House, email is the quickest way to get in touch.
Have a great weekend!