Child Care Shortage
Last month, I joined Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and colleagues in hosting a roundtable discussion on the child care shortage in our community and throughout our state. With the cost of child care rivaling that of college tuition, part of the event included the announcement of Child Care Economic Development grant recipients. There’s still a lot more to do to address this issue, but we’re taking significant steps, and I look forward to taking the stories from the roundtable discussion back with me to the Legislature.
More Inclusive Communities
Lt. Governor Flanagan also stopped by our community recently to discuss the need for more inclusive communities at the Southern Minnesota Equity Summit in St. Peter. Our community is stronger because of our diversity, and I echo the Lt. Governor’s sentiment that diversity is part of our fabric as Minnesotans. You can read more about the Equity Summit here.
Investing in Safe Schools
Minnesotans deserve safe and secure schools, and protecting our students is of the highest priority in our work at the Legislature. As part of Minnesota’s new education budget passed earlier this year, over $30 million in funds will be available for Minnesota’s schools at the end of the month as part of the 2020 Safe Schools Supplemental Aid. That includes $77,144 for the St. Peter Public School District.
The 2020 State Schools Supplemental Aid is a one-time appropriation included with school districts’ Integrated Department of Education Aid System (IDEAS) payment. This investment will better ensure that our community is able to address the unique safety needs of our schools – such as mental health counseling, facility security enhancements, peace officer liaisons, gang resistance education training, and other safety provisions.
2020 High School Page Program
Modeled after the United States Congress Page Program, the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program was established in 1975. Today, the program remains dedicated to providing students with meaningful opportunities, and has evolved into one of the top page programs in the nation.
The Sergeant’s Office is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Legislative Session, and I highly encourage all interested high school juniors to apply. You can find more information on the program and how to apply on the Minnesota House webpage. The deadline to apply is November 21st.
Be Heard on Cannabis - Saint Peter
We’re inviting Minnesotans to join the conversation about how we will safely and responsibly create a comprehensive framework the most thoughtful adult-use cannabis laws in the country.
Legalizing cannabis for responsible adult use will expand access and affordability for people who rely on it to treat PTSD or chronic pain, allow law enforcement to focus their resources on more dangerous crimes, and expand personal freedom for Minnesotans, including the thousands of minor offenders who have been swept up in our criminal justice system.