Here some other important bills of mine that we got over the finish line this year:
- Removing Lead from School Drinking Water: No amount of lead is safe to consume. We made great strides this year to replace Minnesota’s lead pipes, and included in this effort is my legislation to prioritize the drinking water in our schools.
- Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care funding: This is one that was championed by local advocates. Child care can come in many forms, with some Minnesotans relying on a family member, friend, or neighbor to help look after their children. This year, I passed into law permanent funding for the Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Program, ensuring that child care in all its available forms is supported in our state.
- Capping Co-Pays on Insulin: Our final Commerce Budget included my provision to cap co-pays on prescription drugs that treat chronic diseases at $25, or less, for one month’s supply - applying to insulin, asthma inhalers, and epipens. It also limits co-pays for medical supplies, including syringes, insulin pens, insulin pumps, test strips, glucometers, continuous glucose monitors, epinephrine auto-injectors, asthma inhalers, and other medical necessary supplies at $50 per month.
- Investing in MICC: Richfield is home to the Minnesota Independence College and Community, a three-year postsecondary, life-skills and vocational training program for neurodiverse adults. I championed a $4 million investment for the college over the next two years, assisting them in their mission of helping students make successful transitions towards independent living and self-sufficiency.
Reminder – Property Tax Refund Deadline Aug. 15
Many folks have been struggling with increasing property taxes in recent years. To address this problem, I supported using some of our budget surplus to offer property tax cuts at the state level and put money back in the pockets of Minnesotans, including funding increases for the Homestead Credit Refund and Renter’s Property Tax Refund of 20.5%.
In some cases, you must file a Form M1PR by August 15 to qualify. Each year, many homeowners and renters lose out on these refunds only because they forgot to file. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has more details, including eligibility and instructions.
This remains only a brief snapshot of what we were able to accomplish this year. Not every policy will get the same attention as legalized cannabis, and not every investment will be a physical building you can visit, but everything we did pass this year will make Minnesota a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
I’m always open to talking about our wins from this year, answering your questions, and getting started on the work for next year. You can contact me and my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-7158. I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for the incredible honor of representing our community in the Minnesota House, and thank you for all of your support as we delivered for Minnesotans this year.