Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season! I hope you’re able to safely gather with your loved ones, whether your celebration is in-person or virtual this year.
Upcoming Town Hall
My colleagues and I want to hear from you as we prepare for the 2022 legislative session. That’s why Rep. Ginny Klevorn and I are holding a town hall on Saturday, January 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. We’ll share information about our plans for next session and provide opportunities to share questions, ideas, and feedback. Save the date, and look for more information in the new year!
Solar on Schools Program Set to Launch
A bipartisan bill I introduced to create a Solar on Schools program was signed into law earlier this year, and the new grant program is launching next month! Solar on Schools grants will help school districts install solar energy systems on school buildings. Using solar panels will help reduce electricity costs, which are often the second largest expense in districts’ budgets, and create educational opportunities for students, including those who are interested in clean energy careers. Most importantly, they’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions and buoy Minnesota’s fight against climate change.
The first round of grants will begin on January 5. School districts that successfully complete the first step – filing a Notice of Intent – and are deemed ready will be notified and invited to complete a full grant application. Technical assistance will be available for those that aren’t prepared to complete this step. You can find more information about these grants and the application process here.
Stay Safe During the Holidays
If you’re planning to gather with family and friends this month, please take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends getting vaccinated and getting a booster shot if you’re eligible. Other steps on the agency’s list of recommendations include getting tested and staying home if you feel sick.
Thank you for following me and my work over the past year! I hope you’ll continue sharing questions and input. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or call (651) 296-9934.