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Legislative Update - The House Budget

Friday, April 30, 2021

Rep. Freiberg

Dear Neighbors, 

With the passage of our Health and Human Services budget on Monday, we’ve officially passed all of our budget proposals off the House floor. As chair of the Preventive Health Policy Division and a member of the Health Finance and Policy Committee, this was my most hands-on budget bill this session. 

Pandemic or no, we need to invest in a health system that cares for and supports all Minnesotans, and our budget proposal sets us on that path. We’re tearing down the barriers to health care that too many of our neighbors face, whether it’s making prescription drugs more affordable, laying the groundwork for a public option, or addressing the inequities that exist in our system. We have the resources to build a healthier Minnesota if we only choose to make it a priority.

You can read more about our Health and Human Services budget proposal here, and you can read more about our other budget bills below:



Rent Assistance Now Available

For renters and housing providers continuing to struggle during these challenging economic times, new funds are now available to provide assistance. RentHelpMN has opened for applications, making it possible for low- and moderate-income renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rental Assistance

You can find more information at




In a recent announcement from the Federal Government, the deadline to obtain a REAL ID has been extended by an additional 18 months to May 3, 2023. This will help relieve some of the pressure on our local Driver and Vehicle Services offices, which have been overwhelmed with requests to renew expired drivers licenses and vehicle registration tabs, and give Minnesotans more time to obtain this updated form of identification.


Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will need a REAL ID to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. An enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card are acceptable substitutes. Simple vehicle tab renewals can be handled online in just a few minutes at the DVS website, so take advantage of that option if you can’t get an in-person appointment at a local Hennepin County Service Center.


Stay Connected

We’re in the final weeks of session, with our constitutional deadline of May 17 approaching fast. The remaining weeks will consist of negotiations with our counterparts in the Senate, and passing the consensus budget bills off the House floor one last time. You can contact me at and at (651) 296-4176 (E-mail is preferred) with any questions or comments you may have on the remainder of our work this session. I look forward to hearing from you. 



Mike Freiberg

State Representative