We’re in the final stretch of the normal legislative session, and there’s still much to do to make sure Minnesota has the resources it needs to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact on our community. Minnesotans have been resilient and determined during these unprecedented times, and today’s news on the banning of large, in-person graduation ceremonies is part of a long line of tough but necessary measures. With Minnesotans sacrificing so much, they deserve a state government that fights for them.
My colleagues and I in the Minnesota House have passed several bills this week, all of which put the people of our state first. We’ll continue to meet on a daily basis as we near our May 18 adjournment date. In the meantime, I hope you’ll reach out to share how the pandemic has impacted you. We’re in this together, and we’re going to bounce back, together.
Tomorrow, we’ll be taking up legislation providing additional funds for the Minnesota Family Investment Program, increasing the legal age of tobacco use to 21, mandating more transparency in drug pricing, and more. You can watch tomorrow’s floor debate live at 1:30 PM.
Here’s an update on some of our recent legislation:
Economic Relief Package
Yesterday, I voted in the Minnesota House for a package of legislation that combined several bills aimed at delivering economic security to the hardest hit by COVID-19. Many in our community faced struggles long before this pandemic, and those issues have only been compounded by the virus. The bill we passed contains provisions for housing assistance, a temporary wage increase for personal care assistants (PCA), funding to expand broadband access, and small business loans.