I hope this email finds you and your family doing well, and that you’ve been able to stay cool during this heatwave, the length of which is certainly uncharacteristic for this early in the season. Here’s some helpful information from the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division on how to stay safe in this heat.
At the Capitol, we continue working to finalize a state budget that helps Minnesotans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and succeed and thrive well into the future. To ensure this bright future Minnesotans deserve, we need to make strong investments in education, health care, and economic opportunity. We also need to tackle the urgent issue of police reform and accountability, recognizing that Minnesotans are rightfully demanding change. I continue to fight for a comprehensive, fair, and thoughtful approach – assembled with the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color at the table – that will help ensure all Minnesotans can be safe in their communities.
As of Monday, 65% of Minnesotans aged 16 or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We’ve come a long way in a short time to reach such a high number, but to overcome the virus, we need to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
The Sanneh Foundation and HyVee are teaming up to host a community vaccination clinic tomorrow, June 10 from 2-6pm and on Saturday, June 12 from 10am-2pm at the Conway Community Center (2090 Conway St., Saint Paul). For more information and to register, click here.
Also, don’t forget about the state of Minnesota’s “Your Shot to Summer” rewards for getting vaccinated, including passes to Nickelodeon Universe, the Minnesota Zoo, Valleyfair, and more. Learn more and register for your reward here.
Many Minnesotans struggle with high health insurance premiums, and here’s some great news for people who purchase their health insurance on the private market. The American Rescue Plan – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden earlier this year – increased federal tax credits toward health insurance premiums. MNSure, our state health insurance exchange, has updated its system to reflect these changes. As a result, Minnesotans can now shop, compare, and enroll into plans with new cost savings by taking advantage of MNSure’s special enrollment period, which is open until July 16th. If you didn’t qualify for a tax credit when you previously shopped around for health insurance, take another look now.
This coming Saturday, June 12, free admission will be offered at all 75 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas. It’s one of four such days the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers annually. Take advantage of this opportunity to get out and explore our great state. Go for a hike, watch birds, check out some waterfalls, or have a picnic. A full map of state parks is available here.
Please feel free to reach out to share your feedback, offer your ideas, or let me know if I can be of help. It’s an honor to represent you.