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Legislative Update - Building Our State Budget

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Dear Neighbors,  

The bulk of the legislative work last week took place in committees as we unveiled our two-year state budget proposals. Each finance committee in the House and Senate presented their respective budget bills to committee members, and have spent the week hearing testimony, amending the legislation, and voting the bills out of committee. 

Some broad highlights of our budget priorities include:  

  • Historic investments in public education  
  • Targeted investments to make child care more accessible and affordable   
  • Direct and targeted economic relief including property tax cuts  
  • Transformational investments to address our statewide housing crisis   

Several of my individual bills and priorities are included in these bills, including:  

  • Capping the cost of insulin, epi-pens, and asthma medications and related medical supplies  
  • Investments in ongoing support for Family, Friend and Neighbor child care networks  
  • Significant funding to build and preserve naturally occurring affordable housing, our state’s first ever investment in such an initiative  

I’m excited to share more about our budget priorities after our break and as we proceed this session so stay tuned! 




$50 Million in Emergency Rental Assistance

Our bill for $50 million in long overdue emergency rental assistance has been signed into law! Thank you to Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, Governor Tim Walz, and housing advocates from across the state who have worked for more than a year to make this happen. And we're just getting started!


Rep. Howard with Speaker Hortman


You can read more about this new law and the assistance it provides here




Free State Park Days 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2023 Free Park Days, with the first of four days on April 22. You can find a park near you here, and mark your calendars for this year’s free days.   

  • Saturday, April 22 
  • Saturday, June 10 
  • Saturday, September 9 
  • Friday, November 24


Free Park Days




Delivering for Minnesotans

Reproductive freedom. Universal school meals. Driver’s Licenses for All. Restore the Vote. 100% clean energy by 2040. Those are just a handful of the many wins our legislature has delivered in partnership with the people of Minnesota so far this year - and we’re just getting started.  

When we return from break on April 11, we’ll be coming back for our final leg of the legislative session, and I’m looking forward to all that we’ll be able to accomplish together.  

I’ll leave you with some highlighted headlines of our progress so far.  

In partnership, 


Michael Howard


Universal School Meals Headline


Crown Act Headline


100% Clean Energy by 2040 Headline


Driver's Licenses for All Headline


Restore the Vote Headline


PRO Act Headline