Greetings from St. Paul,
During this past month I have been hearing from department heads and engaging with various agencies to identify and discuss the important issues of 2017.
One of my top priorities this session is to author legislation aimed at helping high school students prepare for a career. Not everyone is interested in obtaining a four year college degree after graduation. Therefore, I would like to see a greater focus on the promotion of vocational schools. Our economy and job market is always changing and developing. Providing students with the right skills to successfully enter the workforce will enable them to adapt to future economies with success.
One of my campaign promises was to dismantle the Met Council. Due to federal overreach (unconstitutional) intertwined with state statutes, this will inevitably be a death by a thousand paper cuts. The Transportation and Regional Governance Policy Committee will be hearing 8 bills aimed at reforming the Met Council. Additional bills will be heard in other committees as well. Rest assured; it’s my ultimate goal to return the Met Council back to its original purpose as a sewer and water board.
Over this past month it has been a great privilege to have met with so many constituents from the district. We have had discussions about MA-TEFRA funding formula, Constitutional Carry, and tourism. On a daily basis, I am responding to the many emails I receive as quickly as I can.
I want to thank you again for allowing me to serve you in St. Paul. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me.