The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is seeking input for a strategic plan that will guide Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) investments for the next six years. I encourage you to take our short, anonymous survey and share it with anyone who might be interested in participating! The survey will be open until Monday, October 28.
Last week, the Minnesota House held a public hearing to discuss the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act and other proposed solutions to address the skyrocketing cost of insulin and other prescription drugs. The price of insulin has tripled in the last decade, and studies indicate that 1 in 4 diabetics have resorted to rationing their insulin due to the high cost. Nobody should ever have to ration or skip the medication they rely on to survive.
I am encouraged the Senate has begun to acknowledge the accessibility and affordability barriers many Minnesotans are facing with insulin and will continue to work to ensure Minnesotans can afford health care they need.
Though we're not in session, it's been great to meet with so many of you in the interim to learn about your challenges and the things you're working on!
It was an honor to meet Jennie Josseph, the creator of The JJ Way, which is an innovative and effective maternal child health system that has addressed disparities & improved birth outcomes for thousands of women & children.
I got to meet with Education Minnesota about supporting students and teachers.
Meeting with Community Fire Chiefs
Supporting small, minority, women and veteran owned business.
Connecting on disability issues.
As always, let me know if you have comments and questions! It's always a pleasure to hear from you.
Rep. Ruth Richardson