An important piece of legislation that wasn’t part of this week’s initial rollout was the House Capital Investment bill, which is the proposal I am spearheading as chair of that committee. This week, our committee spent our hearings listening to various proposals from Democrats and Republicans for possible inclusion in our final Capital Investment bill, often referred to as a “bonding” bill.
One of our very first committee hearings this session focused on the economic impacts of racism and the need for equity in our capital projects. With yesterday’s hearing, we’ve come full circle to the tangible legislation that would build a more inclusive Minnesota. The disparities faced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout Minnesota are real, and a capital investment bill that doesn’t recognize the existing inequity does no favors for our state. As we finalize our committee’s proposal, we’ll strive for all Minnesotans - regardless of race or region - to see representation in this bill. Our committee’s bill will be available to the public Sunday evening, with our hearings next week focused on walking through our proposal.
Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine
With the COVID-19 vaccine now available to all Minnesotans age 16 and older, increased shipments of vaccine are meeting that new eligibility - though getting an appointment still remains difficult for many.
One way you can get the vaccine is at the new Community Vaccination Clinic at the State Fairgrounds. The site will administer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses, which will result in over 100,000 total people being vaccinated during the eight week period it will be operating. The site will be by appointment only. Minnesotans living in the surrounding zip codes can sign up for the Vaccine Connector to be selected for an appointment. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the Connector.