Here in Minnesota, we are continuing to make speedy progress vaccinating our entire state with over 3 million total doses and 56% of Minnesotans 16+ having received at least one dose. It’s important now more than ever to power through to the finish line and ensure the safety of all community members. Be sure to utilize the State Vaccine Connector to find vaccination sites near you, create an appointment, and keep up to date with the progress until we can safely reunite.
Mask Update: The CDC announced this week that vaccinated people can be maskless outside, except in large crowds. You can read more here.
Minnesota Maintains 8 Congressional Seats
On Monday we learned that Minnesota will maintain all 8 Congressional Seats which is welcome news. I am thankful for the Census workers and Minnesotans for ensuring all were counted. Minnesota’s new revised population count is 5.7 million residents. You can read more here.
Capitol Conference Committee Process Begin:
With less than four weeks remaining in the legislative session, my colleagues and I are working hard to create meaningful change and develop a strong, equitable budget for the next two years. Last night, we finished passing our budget bills, comprehensive plans for each area of the budget (E-12 Education, Health and Human Services, and so on) that contain many individual bills. Together, the budget bills reflect our vision for the future and the feedback we’ve heard from Minnesotans.
After the Senate passes their own budget proposals, legislators from the House and the Senate will meet in conference committees to develop bills that both bodies can agree on. Finding strong compromises will be difficult, but I will keep fighting to ensure that all Minnesotans have the resources to weather this pandemic. You can watch along here and follow the daily legislative schedules here.