With less than two weeks remaining until the 2022 legislative session begins, my colleagues and I have started introducing our plans for the year. This week, we introduced ambitious plans to address the climate crisis and to expand economic opportunity for Minnesotans.
On Wednesday, House DFLers released an ambitious plan to mitigate and prevent climate change. The science-based plan contains more than 30 investments to keep our air, water, and land clean and healthy, create good-paying jobs, and help lower energy costs.
There are lots of great proposals in this plan, and you can read about all of them here. I’m particularly excited about the $150 million investment in the Pre-Weatherization and Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps Minnesotans make their homes more energy efficient. I’m also excited about proposed programs that would plant five million trees per year and make walking and biking safer and easier for Minnesotans.
Many people are still struggling and facing an uncertain future due to COVID-19. Yesterday, legislators released a plan to address the urgent needs of Minnesotans and expand economic opportunity. The plan includes passing Paid Family & Medical Leave and Earned Sick & Safe Time, two policies that give workers time to take care of themselves and their loved ones. The plan also takes steps to support frontline workers, improve access to broadband, and increase the supply of safe and affordable housing. You can read more about this plan here.
As you may have seen, the federal government launched a website where people can order free COVID-19 tests on Wednesday. You can request four tests per household, and they will be shipped directly to your home. I encourage you to order tests and to spread the word to family and friends.
If you have questions or would like to share your ideas for the 2022 legislative session, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact me by email at email@example.com or call (651) 296-3018.