The legislative session ramped up quickly. Committees are meeting from early morning until late at night to make sure bills are heard before our committee deadlines.
Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act passes key committee
This week, the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division approved House File 1. The Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act is a new, comprehensive plan to close the opportunity gap and invest in early care and learning. The measure provides $190 million for early learning scholarships targeted to kids between birth and age three and would positively impact approximately 25,000 children for the remainder of their lives. I was pleased to cast a ‘yes’ vote for the plan to give our youngest learners a head start in life!
Legislative Town Hall
Join Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, Sen. Steve Cwodzinski and me for our Town Hall meeting next Saturday, February 29. I look forward to seeing you and hearing your questions and concerns.
Firefighters visit the Capitol
I enjoyed meeting Minnetonka Fire Chief John Vance this week. We talked about legislative issues that impact our Minnesota Fire Service including the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program. Thank you, Minnesota Fire Service and Chief Vance for being an effective force for keeping Minnesotans safe.
Legislators, youth, and labor announce one-time appropriations for climate action
Thanks to Minnesota’s youth and labor for championing a new proposal of one-time appropriations to address the climate crisis. These new investments which will reduce greenhouse gases and benefit public schools, homeowners, local governments, and nursing homes.
A fact sheet with more information is available here. A video recording of the press conference announcing the bold plan is available here
Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can also connect with me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.