With the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin looming large in the Twin Cities, we cannot forget that in addition to justice and public safety reform, resources are also desperately needed to help these neighborhoods and small businesses rebuild. When communities are hit with disasters, Minnesota steps up to help, regardless of ZIP code. Why does it seem as if these Black, Indigenous and communities of color are the exception?
We need to pass the PROMISE Act and my bill delivering redevelopment grants to small businesses. We cannot wait to deliver aid any longer.
Jobs in Clean Energy
This week, I presented my bill in committee that would appropriate $2.5 million from the Renewable Development Account for a grant to NorthGate Development in North Minneapolis, creating a pilot project to provide training pathways into careers in the clean energy sector for students and young adults in underserved communities. The training would prioritize the inclusion of communities of color, indigenous people, and people with low incomes.
This bill will help Minnesota meet the workforce demands in various sectors of the emerging clean energy economy and we must engage and equip community members who have traditionally not participated in the energy career pathways. This project is all about equity; equity in education, skills training, climate change mitigation, economic opportunity, environmental justice, and infrastructure improvements in a community that needs all the above.
Last session, I was proud to support legislation that established Minnesota’s insulin safety net program, which provides life-saving insulin to diabetics when they are in urgent need and unable to pay the skyrocketing costs of the medication. Since the program began last July, the largest insulin manufacturers have provided a total value of $2,148,564.74 in insulin at an affordable price. While this is a great program that is saving lives, the data shows that more Minnesotans are out there that could be taking advantage of this opportunity.