I hope this email finds you well and enjoying fall!
The legislative session adjourned a few months ago, but our work at the Legislature continues. Earlier this month, I joined thousands of Minnesotans attending the Bans Off Our Bodies March and Rally. I’m proud to be a member of the new Reproductive Freedom Caucus, a group dedicated to protecting and promoting access to reproductive health care.
I attended the Gateway to Solar Conference hosted by Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) earlier this week. I participated in two panels, one of which focused on the Solar on Schools program I successfully championed this year. I was honored to receive the Excellence in Solar Leadership Award as well!
On Monday, I joined several of my colleagues for a tour of North Minneapolis hosted by Community Members for Environmental Justice (CMEJ). We heard directly from community leaders and residents impacted by pollution and other environmental issues. It was energizing to see some of the important work that’s been done as well as opportunities in the works.
Minnesota Values Project Survey
My colleagues and I are seeking input from Minnesotans as we prepare for the next legislative session. We’d like to hear about what’s going well for you and your family, your hopes for the future, and any roadblocks you’ve experienced. This information will help us advocate for you at the Capitol.
If you’re willing to share your thoughts, please take this short Minnesota Values Project survey. It only has four questions, and any input you provide will help guide House DFLers next year and beyond. Thank you for your participation!
Energy Assistance Available
As it starts getting colder here in Minnesota, I want to remind you about a few programs that can help folks stay safe and warm through the winter. The Energy Assistance Program (EAP), for example, helps Minnesotans pay for heat and furnace repairs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently expanded the program to offer water assistance and make more households eligible for aid.
People who qualify for energy assistance may also be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program. It offers free energy upgrades to help Minnesotans save money and ensure their home is a safe and healthy place to live.
The Cold Weather Rule helps ensure all Minnesotans have heat during the coldest months of the year. While it’s in effect, electric and natural gas companies can’t disconnect service if a customer who can’t pay their bills in full sets up a payment plan with the utility. The rule took effect earlier this month and will remain in force until April 30, thanks to a bill I introduced that extended these protections.
Please don’t hesitate to share questions, ideas, and feedback. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or call (651) 296-9934.