Minnesota House of Representatives


State Representative JoAnn Ward

231 State Office BuildingState Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For more information contact: Susie Merthan 651-296-2955

Posted: Oct 29 2013 4:28PM
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2013 Interim Update: October 29

Dear neighbors,

Living Wage Jobs Tour

The House Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs has been touring the state to talk to workers about improving job quality and prosperity. This month, we traveled to Moorhead and Bemidji where we discussed a wide range of issues including raising the minimum wage, improving on-the-job-training and ensuring that local workers are being hired for local jobs.  It has been interesting to hear from workers and businesses in different areas of the state about what they think would improve economic conditions for workers. 

You can read about our recent Bemidji hearing here:


Metro Transit

I am excited to be attending an upcoming Metro Transit meeting to discuss the potential expansion of transit service in the region, particularly for the regular-route bus network.  As these meetings move forward, I will continue to advocate for increased transit options and routes in the east metro.

Polling Locations for Nov. 5 Elections

As you may know, local school districts will hold elections Tuesday, November 5th. To find your polling location and view a sample ballot visit the Secretary of State's website:  http://www.sos.state.mn.us/

School District 833 will have three referendum questions and five school board seats on the ballot. For more information, visit their website:  http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/HotTopics/Election2013/default.asp

Coffee & Conversation and Town Hall Meeting

Please join me for a Coffee & Conversation meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Woodbury Café (803 Bielenberg Dr). 

I am also hosting an energy-focused Town Hall Meeting Saturday, November 2nd.  The meeting will be held at Woodbury City Hall in the Ash & Birch Room from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  I will be joined by the House Energy Committee Chair Melissa Hortman to discuss energy issues facing Minnesota.  I hope you’re able to attend. 

As always, please be in touch with your questions, concerns or comments.  I appreciate hearing from you.


JoAnn Ward

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