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Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Rep. Acomb

Dear neighbors, 

Happy holidays! I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the season with family and friends.

Happy Holidays

As we approach the end of 2019, I wanted to provide an update on what I’ve been doing lately. I’m working hard at the Capitol and in our community and preparing for the next legislative session, which is now just two months away. Please feel free to share questions, ideas, or feedback!

At the Capitol

Budget Forecast Shows Positive Balance

Earlier this month, state budget officials released a new economic forecast that shows a positive balance of $1.3 billion for 2020-2021. This indicates that Minnesota is in a strong financial position but may face challenges in the future. When inflation and other factors are taken into consideration, the forecast suggests our state could see budget deficits that undermine our ability to provide world-class schools, safe roads, and high-quality health care for Minnesotans. This coming session, we need to remain careful and continue investing in these core values.

You can read more about the budget forecast here. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what budgetary values are important to you and your loved ones.

Climate Action Caucus Update

Our final community conversation of 2019 was dedicated to the intersection of climate and public health. Doctors, nurses, and public health experts talked about health effects that they’re seeing across Minnesota, including issues with asthma and allergies and higher rates of heat-related and tick-borne illnesses. These health problems disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color, and they’re expected to intensify. We must address the health issues that we’re already facing and take steps to slow down and prevent climate change so more problems don’t arise. 

Please check out our new website if you’d like to read more about the Climate Action Caucus! You can find details about upcoming meetings and sign up to receive updates on our work.

Governor Walz recently established an initiative that will complement the work we’re doing in the House. He created a new Climate Change Subcabinet and Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change that will build on existing climate measures, help state agencies collaborate, and guide the Walz-Flanagan Administration. I look forward to working with Governor Walz and these new groups to deliver the bold action that’s needed to combat climate change and create a future in which we all thrive.  

In Our Community

Girls United Job Fair

On Monday, I was honored to be part of the Girls United Job Fair at Hopkins High School. Women from a variety of jobs came to speak to the school group about their career paths. The questions and insight of these young women give me hope for our future!

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Lawns to Legumes Applications Open

Applications for Lawns to Legumes are now open! This program, which was established thanks to legislation we passed this year, helps Minnesotans create pollinator-friendly habitats in their lawns. Many resources are available, including workshops, coaching, planting guides, and cost-share funding.

You can read more about Lawns to Legumes here. If you’re interested in applying for cost-share funding, more information about that process is available here.

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Serve on a Board or Commission

Serving on one of Minnesota’s boards or commissions is a great way to make an impact! There are more than 100 openings for boards and commissions that advise policymakers and regulate industries and professions. If you’d like to be more involved, please consider applying for one of them. A list of open positions is available here. If a board or commission that you’re interested in doesn’t have any vacancies, you can sign up here to receive monthly updates about new openings. 

Winter Recreation

We’re fortunate to have so many great options for winter recreation in our area! Some nearby parks have beautiful trails for walking, skiing, and snowshoeing, and there are several excellent spots for sledding. Minnetonka Ice Arena and Plymouth Ice Center both offer open skate hours, and neighborhood ice rinks will be opening soon.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a happy new year!


Patty Acomb
State Representative