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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Donald Raleigh

Friday, February 12, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

I recently set up a legislative Facebook page where I plan to post videos and share information about what is happening in St. Paul. I encourage you to “like” this page to learn more about how I am serving our communities. You can find the page here:

Thank you to those of you that attended last week’s virtual town hall meeting! I talked about the legislative process, how my committees work, and what the first few weeks of being in session looked like. I also took questions from the attendees and we had some great discussions.

I am here to represent each of you, and I look forward to hearing your concerns. Our next virtual town hall is scheduled for February 19th at 5:30 p.m. Please reach out to my legislative assistant, Joshua, for more information and an invitation to the town hall. Joshua can be reached at

Helping Veterans Find Work

Last week, I introduced legislation that would provide tax credits to employers for hiring disabled or unemployed veterans.

Having served nearly eight years of active duty in the United States Army, I understand the unique challenges that face our servicemen and women when they reenter civilian life—a process made more difficult if the veteran is disabled because of their service.

Providing this incentive for employers is the right thing to do for the brave women, men, and their families who have sacrificed for our state and nation. Gainful employment not only offers income for an individual and family, but it can also provide a sense of pride and purpose that goes far beyond a paycheck.

I am pleased to let you know that my bill will receive a hearing on February 24th in the House Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee. If you are interested in testifying in support of this bill at the hearing or would like to send a letter of support, please reach out to me at to discuss ways to get involved.

You can read the bill here:

Public Infrastructure Legislation

This week, I signed onto legislation that provides grant funding to municipalities to assist with upgrades and repairs to wastewater treatment and sanitary sewer disposal systems.

The bill provides $20 million in bonding proceeds that will be used as grant dollars to communities in the Twin Cities metro area. Blaine, Centerville, Lexington, and Lino Lakes would likely be eligible to receive funding if this bill were to become law.

I understand some oppose state bonding, but if there is going to be a bonding bill, these sorts of “meat and potatoes” projects that fund critical infrastructure are exactly the type of things we should be looking to leverage as we utilize the state’s borrowing capabilities.

Staying in Touch

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-2907 or via email at

Have a great day,