By signing up, the Connector will:
- alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
- connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
- notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.
If you’ve already registered for the COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program or the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program, you’re already included in this database. In the meantime, let’s continue to make smart, healthy choices as we get closer than ever to putting this dark chapter behind us.
Preserving Affordable Housing, Preventing Displacement
In 2015, more than 2,000 Richfield residents were displaced when Crossroads at Penn was purchased by a developer and flipped to "market rate" apartments. This loss of ‘naturally occurring affordable housing’ (NOAH) devastated families in our community and across the state. We cannot look away. Thank you to Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez for helping share our experience in Richfield as we passed two bills to provide state investment to preserve NOAH. From a moral, economic, and equity perspective, the state of Minnesota can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to this pressing need.
You can read more about the current state of NOAH at Minnesota Housing Partnership.
Prescription Drug Affordability
Last year, we were finally able to pass the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, helping to bring life-saving insulin to those who need it most, despite its skyrocketing price. This week, a bill I co-authored to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board began its journey through the committee process. In my view, this bill one of the strongest ways we can take another step forward to make prescription drugs affordable.
The board would act as an independent council, setting price limits for prescription drugs that have been deemed unaffordable. You can read more in the Star Tribune’s coverage of the new legislation here.
Help Name a Snowplow
Let your voice be heard! After an exhaustive process of combing through thousands of worthy submissions, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has narrowed down to 50 finalist names for their “Name a Snowplow” contest. Voting closes on February 26, after which they’ll announce the winners and officially name eight snowplows throughout the state. Select up to eight of your favorite names.