Students are back in school and so many families have experienced significant educational challenges over the past 18 months due to COVID-19. At the legislature, we fought hard to secure the largest investment in public schools in 15 years to make sure all children deserve a quality education and the resources they need to catch up and thrive. Our state budget prioritized students by securing:
You can learn about more about the specific investments we made in our students and families here.
Tax Benefits on School Supplies
Make sure to save all your education-related school supply receipts this school year. Many will qualify for K-12 tax benefits to your 2021 Minnesota tax return. You can learn more about these tax returns here. Here are some qualifying expenses:
Masks in Schools and Vaccines
Currently, there is no universal face covering requirement for students in Minnesota public schools, but public health experts agree have encouraged and endorsed the policy to keep safe our children.
Following the FDA’s authorization in May of the COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds, students in these age groups are encouraged to get the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccines are effective, safe, and the best way we can protect each other, especially children who aren’t yet eligible for a shot and those with compromised immune systems as the Delta variant rages. Find a nearby location to get your shot here.
Processing of PPP and UI Refunds Begin
Starting the week of September 13th, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will begin processing Unemployment Insurance and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) refunds. You can learn more by going to this link.
Help Me Connect
Help Me Connect is a new website that helps pregnant and parenting families with young children connect to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being. Visit Help Me Connect to find resources near you! https://helpmeconnect.web.health.state.mn.us/HelpMeConnect/
Stay connected with the Legislature
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Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.
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