The House DFL Budget
In addition to the Public Safety, Judiciary, and Civil Law Budget we passed Wednesday evening, we’ve spent the past week debating components of our complete budget proposal on the House floor, with the next step being negotiations with the Senate. So far, we’ve passed budgets for the following areas:
As the chair of the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, I’ve had the honor to craft this legislation with my DFL and GOP colleagues serving on the committee. The bill earned bipartisan support on the floor Monday and includes important initiatives that center on students, pandemic recovery, and equity. Here are a few highlights of the bill I’m proud to share:
- Tuition freeze at MNState institutions
- Expansion to State Grant eligibility, positively impacting over 75,000 students
- Financial support for people of color and American Indians studying to become teachers, which is an important tool in helping to close the opportunity gap in Minnesota.
You can read more details about the bill by clicking the Higher Education link above.
COVID-19 Vaccines Available
Thousands of appointments to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine are available at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. You can schedule an appointment by signing up for the state’s Vaccine Connector or by calling 1-833-431-2053, and support is available for multiple languages (translators are also available on-site). The location has an ADA accessible drive-through option, and free Metro Transit passes are available for everyone who registers.
As of this week, 54% of Minnesotans age 16 or older have received at least one dose. Having as many people vaccinated as possible is the most immediate, significant action we can take to move past this pandemic.
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has launched RentHelpMN, a portal for low- and moderate-income renters to get assistance to catch up on overdue rent and utilities. While Minnesotans were displaced from their jobs, the eviction moratorium was an important step to ensure housing security and prevent homelessness. Minnesota has received about $375 million for emergency rental assistance.
Renters can apply directly or learn more about the application process by visiting renthelpmn.org. Download the Renter checklist to see if you’re eligible and find out what documents you’ll need in order to be ready to apply. There are also resources available for landlords. I encourage you to take advantage of this assistance if you’re eligible.
Keep in Touch
Please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-5510 on any state issue important to you or I may be of help.
It’s an honor to serve the communities in which I grew up - New Brighton, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park.
Have a nice weekend.