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Legislative Update - April 10, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the first few weeks of spring. Here’s an update on the work that my House colleagues and I have been doing at the Capitol:

Second Saturday Reminder

All are welcome to attend my monthly meeting with community members this Saturday, April 13 at Mayflower Church. Please join me for this free event.

When: Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Mayflower Church, 100 E. Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Contact Zach at zach.zimmerman@house.mn with questions.

Energy and Climate Budget

Minnesota is already experiencing profound impacts from climate change, and scientists have told us that we need to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the next dozen years to head off the most catastrophic consequences. Last week, my House colleagues and I announced our energy budget, the first step in ensuring we give young Minnesotans we want for them.

The Energy and Climate Division, the committee that I chair, approved two omnibus bills (HF 1833 and HF 1986) that will help us adapt to the changes that are coming and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The legislation includes transitioning to 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050, a Solar for Schools program, helping the University of Minnesota and state colleges transition to clean energy, support for electric transportation, more energy efficient buildings, and community solar gardens.

Audio and video for the public hearings of the bills is available here.

Minnesota Values Budget

The energy and climate funding is one piece of the Minnesota Values Budget framework that my House colleagues and I recently announced. Our budget reflects shared Minnesota values and invests in education, affordable health care, and building safe and inclusive communities. We’ll be announcing the remaining details of the budget this week and continue to debate them for the rest of the session.

Please continue to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding energy, the state budget, or other issues that are important to you.

Sincerely,

Jean Wagenius
State Representative