I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Here’s an update from the Capitol, perhaps my final email newsletter as a state legislator before I move into a new role.
Last week, Minnesota Management and Budget announced the latest state economic forecast which included a projected budget surplus of $17.6 million. Serving as outgoing chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I firmly believe the state budget is more than a fiscal document; it’s a moral document that should reflect Minnesotans’ values. The surplus number may sound big – and it is – but as lawmakers move forward, they must recognize the many unmet needs throughout our state by delivering bold investments in education, health care, housing, climate change, and to help people tackle increasing costs. I’m hopeful my successors at the Legislature this coming session will take big, bold, transformative action to improve people’s lives.
Learn more details about the forecast here.
Heating Assistance Available
As temperatures continue to drop, no Minnesotan deserves to be left in the cold. The state Energy Assistance Program can offer financial assistance with heat and electric bills, emergency fuel deliveries, and repair or replacement of broken heating systems. Grants are based on household size, income, and utility costs, and average $500. Learn more or fill out an application here.
Also, the Cold Weather Rule is in effect which can prevent utility customers behind on their bills from having their electric or natural gas service shut off if they develop a payment plan with their service provider. Details about the protections under the rule are available here.
As my time as your representative comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the privilege of serving you in the state legislature. It has been an honor to work on your behalf to improve opportunities throughout our community.
This January, with the retirement of longtime Commissioner Toni Carter and my election in November, I’ll begin a new role as a member of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners for District 4. I’m excited to dive deeper into issues and priorities that directly impact residents in our area including human services, public safety, and economic opportunities for all, while ensuring this work is centered in equity and inclusion. Starting in January, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Thank you to our entire community for your continued trust as I embark upon this new position.
As the holiday season approaches, I wanted to take a moment to extend my warmest wishes to you and your families. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, I hope that this time of year brings you joy, peace, and happiness.
I am grateful to represent such a wonderful community, and I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the coming year, albeit in a different position. Thank you for your support and engagement, and have a wonderful holiday season.