I share my wishes for a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season with loved ones. As we close the book on 2021, it’s clear we’re still facing challenges, and many among us are struggling. Nevertheless, this is the season for hope, joy, and peace. Heading into 2022, I hope everyone can have the opportunity to experience a healthy, prosperous future.
New Budget Forecast
Officials from Minnesota Management and Budget recently announced results from the November Economic Forecast which projects a $7.7 billion positive budget balance for the current two-year cycle. The forecast contains a great deal of evidence of economic recovery including increases in income, consumer spending, and Gross Domestic Product. Employment is approaching pre-pandemic levels.
Still, many Minnesotans are facing significant challenges, and the surplus gives us an opportunity to help them overcome roadblocks to success. Front line workers, students, and small businesses in particular deserve the opportunity to share in our recovery.
This coming session, lawmakers should work together at the Capitol to make targeted investments in a world-class education for all students, affordable health care, and economic security for workers and families.
Bipartisan Work to Help Survivors Seek Justice
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Over the past several years, courageous survivors came forward to share stories of how loopholes and shortcomings in Minnesota's sexual assault laws let them down. In leading a working group charged with reforming the state criminal sexual conduct code, they also offered solutions to help ensure other survivors wouldn't face a similar result in the future and would be able to seek justice.
This year, along with these same survivors, I was honored to help lead a bipartisan effort to move these important reforms through the legislature and into law. Minnesota Women's Press recently highlighted how, by working together, we got this work done.
More than 10,000 Minnesotans have tragically lost their lives to COVID-19. Hospital admissions are high and ICUs in the Twin Cities are at or near capacity. Health care workers are physically and emotionally exhausted. Leaders from Minnesota’s health care systems recently purchased a full-page newspaper ad pleading with Minnesotans to do their part to help end this crisis.
With the holidays here, none of us wants to see a friend of family member get seriously ill. Here are the steps all of us can take to protect one another this holiday season:
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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Happy Holidays to you and your family.