I hope you and your loved ones are having a great summer! In this week’s update, I’m going to highlight the great Health and Human Services budget legislators passed a few weeks ago. The bill helps more Minnesotans access affordable health care, addresses racial and economic disparities, and makes historic investments in children and child care.
As a member of the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee, I advocated for several important provisions that were signed into law as part of this budget. I helped secure approximately $300 million to ensure child care providers can keep serving children and their families and to boost compensation for workers who receive poverty-level wages. This investment will help close Minnesota’s persistent opportunity gaps and get more kids off to a great start in life. We delivered funding to expand the supply of affordable child care throughout Minnesota as well. The Health and Human Services budget also includes my bills to expand access to child care for children with disabilities, support child care providers, and help child care professionals stay in the field and earn college credits and degrees.
The budget includes several measures to help Minnesotans with disabilities live independently, including increased funding for home- and community-based services. It also contains a pay raise for personal care attendants (PCAs) that will help workers attain economic security, encourage them to stay in the field, and recruit more people to these critical positions.
Other important measures will:
Governor Walz Announces Ban on Conversion Therapy
Governor Walz recently issued an executive order banning conversion therapy in Minnesota. This practice, which aims to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, has been rejected by every leading medical and scientific association due to its harmful effect on LGBTQ+ children and their long-term mental health. I’m glad the governor took this important step, and I look forward to voting for a comprehensive ban in the future. You can read more about the new executive order here.
Make Your Voice Heard
Apply for Boards, Councils, and Commissions
The Secretary of State’s Office recently released a list of the current openings on state boards, councils, and commissions. I encourage you to check out the list and consider applying for any roles that match your interests or skills. It’s a great way to get involved and serve our state and community!
Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation is a great example of the good that can happen when people come together to strengthen their community. With financial support from donors, the foundation has distributed $173,500 worth of grants to 48 local organizations over the past three years. They have several funds dedicated to various purposes, including a new fund dedicated to helping residents who were impacted by COVID-19. You can learn more about these funds and their work at gwblcf.org.
As always, you can contact me at email@example.com or call (651) 296-3018. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!