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Legislative Update - February 22, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Dear neighbors,

It’s been another busy week at the Capitol! Here are a few of the things that I’ve been working on lately:  

Water Gremlin Update

Last night was the first of two public meetings on the Water Gremlin chemical emissions. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health began the evening with informational presentations and then opened it up to questions. I shared both portions on Facebook Live. You can watch the presentations here, and the Q&A here. Coverage from WCCO is also available.

I understand that this is a stressful and frustrating issue for many people in our community. Please feel free to reach out to me with your questions and concerns. I’m available at 651-296-3018 or rep.ami.wazlawik@house.mn.

Budget for One Minnesota

On Tuesday, Governor Walz announced his budget recommendations for the next two years. I was particularly excited to see a historic investment in education. The proposed funding would help ensure that all Minnesota students receive a world-class education. I’m also excited by the inclusion of paid family and medical leave, increased aid to local governments, the expansion of the Working Family Tax Credit, and the cut to Social Security taxes for seniors.

While there are still a lot of details to examine in the coming weeks, the governor’s budget is a step in the right direction. I encourage you to watch Governor Walz’s speech and read more at mn.gov/governor/budget.  

New Roles

I’m honored to share that I’ve been appointed to serve on two commissions. The first is the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership, a group that includes statewide education groups and representatives from government, business, and the private sector. The P-20 Education Partnership works to ensure that all students receive a world-class education. You can learn more about the organization at mnp20.org.

The second coalition is the State-County Results, Accountability, and Service Delivery Redesign Council. This group helps the state and counties ensure that services are being delivered effectively. Learn more here.

Agriculture Lab Tour

Last week I took a tour of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture lab. It was fascinating to learn more about all of the important work that the Department of Agriculture does. I was pleased to see that funding for the ag lab was also included in the governor’s budget proposal.

Please continue to contact me with any issues or feedback. I always appreciate hearing from constituents!

Sincerely,

Ami Wazlawik
State Representative

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