Neighbors and Friends,
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our Virtual Town Hall Thursday night. As usual, you asked informed, thoughtful questions. Meeting virtually is not ideal, but I’m grateful for the technology to be able to communicate with you under these trying circumstances. If you missed tuning in, you can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/senjohnmarty/videos/219788239122497
Governor Walz has called our second special session for this Monday, July 13. Among the unfinished business is the bonding bill, police accountability measures and COVID-19 related items to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans. I look forward to making progress on these issues that will impact so many in our local communities and throughout the state.
$100 in Housing to be released
COVID-19 exacerbated the already tenuous housing situation in Minnesota. While we have tried to reach a legislative compromise on funding to stop evictions during this difficult time, the solution to this vexing problem is elusive. You can read a recent Star Tribune article on the current situation.
St. Paul passes strong tenant protection measures
This week the St. Paul City Council passed very strong tenant protection measures. You can read more about their action in the Minnesota Reformer story.
DEED Awards $3.3 Million for Contamination Cleanup (see email on Monday)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is awarding clean-up grants for 15 projects totaling more than $3.4 million. Among those receiving help is the International Institute of MN in St. Paul. More than $262,000 will go toward cleanup for the contaminated site. It is anticipated the project will create five new jobs and retain 40 jobs. The developer will also pay a portion of the cleanup.
Three other area projects are also receiving cleanup assistance.
Updates temporarily ending soon
During an election period, legislators cannot use state resources for unsolicited communications because it might create an unfair advantage, so my weekly updates will end soon until after the election. I am still available to help with the state-level problems and to discuss important issues in our community.
You can call me at (651) 296-3824 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.