As the temperatures continue to drop, you should know that there are resources available if you, family or friends are struggling with the heating bill. Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule (CWR) helps protect Minnesotans from having their heat shut off between October 15 and April 15. You can find more information about it here.
Here's a quick update!
You probably know that our community voted to pass school referendums to support our classrooms. This is exciting news for our students and the future of our community, but we need to develop a more sustainable education funding model that doesn't increasingly push the burden of education costs to local property owners. Local taxpayers shouldn't have to be asked to foot the bill for our children's future while the state's commitment has fallen short. The more we localize support for education, the further we exacerbate inequality across the state, creating a patchwork of haves and have-nots.
Minnesota has long been a leader in education — we should continue to set high standards and back them up by providing teachers and students across the state with reliable, sustainable funding from the state. All Minnesotans deserve access to a great education. You can read my column on the topic in the Savage Pacer here.
Thinking Ahead About Healthcare
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but having it struck down now without a replacement would be disastrous for millions of Minnesotans living with pre-existing conditions. That's why I'm currently working on and will introduce a bill this legislative session to protect Minnesotans, like myself, who have pre-existing conditions so that no one is left without healthcare coverage.
We can't let Big Tobacco hook another generation on their products. Recently, I joined youth leaders and several of my colleagues in announcing a new plan to combat youth vaping in Minnesota because unless we take legislative action, these predatory companies will continue to profit by marketing these addictive products to children.
Here are some details of the plan:
Youth nicotine addiction isn’t just affecting families – it is touching health clinics, schools, and communities in every corner of Minnesota. This is about protecting our kids, and it’s time to take bold action to hold Big Tobacco accountable.
As always, let me know if you have comments or questions.
Have a great week!
Your Neighbor and State Representative