We’re a week into the 2021 Legislative Session, though the return to our official work in St. Paul may have understandably slipped your mind with the chaos in D.C. last week. We are living through a sad chapter in our nation’s history. We need to condemn not only those who stormed the US Capitol, and the words of President Trump as he incited violence and sympathized with those calling for violence, but also the politics of fear and division that has led us to this point.
We need a politics that pulls us together, that helps us see the needs we share in common across our differences. This isn’t a left vs. right fight, actually it’s an up vs. down struggle. During the pandemic, the wealthiest have gotten wealthier, and the most powerful corporations have gotten bigger. Addressing this extreme inequality through the structures of government is where we will find the solutions we need. This will take people coming together, seeing ourselves in one another, and building trust.
At the Minnesota Legislature, we’re doing the work needed to start creating a budget for the state of Minnesota. My focus will be creating a budget that works for all Minnesotans, one that creates a more just and equitable state, and helps us address our shared challenges.
I write with a heavy heart, but with an even deeper commitment to our shared work that strengthens the common good.
The 2021 Legislative Session & Town Hall
The start of this legislative biennium looked very different this year. The first day of session usually sees the House floor packed with friends and family as we take our oath of office. As with many things during this pandemic, we had to adapt.