This will be a heavy lift this session, but it’s worth it! I’m looking forward to updating you on our progress with this bill in the weeks ahead.
The 2020 Census
Starting in March and April of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau will be sending information to every home in our community on how to be properly counted in the 2020 Census. The Census provides critical data that directly impacts our community’s representation and support, with billions of dollars in federal funding going to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. It’s also in the information that will be used to redraw the lines of Minnesota’s Congressional and Legislative Districts, so it’s important that you and your household are accurately counted. You can click here to download a fact sheet with more information, or here to watch a short video.
Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau needs to fill thousands of temporary positions to conduct the census, including in our community. These positions are crucial to an effective census, and provide flexible hours as well as competitive wages. You can find more information on census jobs here.
Legislating Against Puppy Mills
This session, I’ll be introducing a bill to prevent the sale of pets from puppy and kitty mills in Minnesota’s pet stores. Puppy mills are an inhumane practice, which can tragically result in sick and dying pets. Without puppy mills as an option, more focus can be put on increasing sorely needed rescue adoptions. This is an area where the Eden Prairie City Council has been leading, and it’s time to expand this state-wide.