This Saturday, February 18, at 2:30pm, I’ll be joining my District 60 colleagues to hold our first town hall of the year. We’ve gotten a lot of work done so far, but there’s more ahead, and I look forward to touching base with the community on our legislative efforts.
We’ll be at the Van Cleve Recreation Center, and you can RSVP here.
Regardless of whether you’re able to join us on Saturday, always feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or comments you may have on our legislative work.
Feeding Our Students
Last week, the Minnesota House voted to pass two important bills aimed at addressing food insecurity in our schools and community. HF 5 would create a state program for schools to provide up to two free meals per day to all students, and HF 213 would provide an investment of $5 million for food shelf programs in light of record numbers of visits to food shelves last year.
It's simple: hungry kids can’t learn at their full capacity. We have a real opportunity to make a large quality of life improvement for many struggling Minnesota families. I was proud to support both of these great bills.
A Great Start for Every Child
A lack of access to affordable, accessible child care for working families is one of the most pressing issues I’ve heard about from our neighbors since joining the Legislature. Additionally, with low reimbursement rates, child care providers are struggling to offer competitive wages and in some cases, to even keep their doors open.
This week, the House passed a pair of bills with robust investments aimed at stabilizing child care and early learning. HF 13 increases the maximum reimbursement rates for all Child Care Assistance Program providers. HF 150 increases the amount of child care stabilization grants – a key initiative launched during the pandemic – for child care programs. The bill also expands eligibility for early learning scholarships to children age five or younger.
Child care and early learning are both crucial for kids to develop, grow, and learn, but also for family economic security. If a parent can’t afford daycare (if they can even find a daycare spot), they can’t join the workforce.
As things continue moving fast at the Minnesota Legislature, and I want to make sure you have the tools and resources available to you to stay in the loop. For my work, you can subscribe to these regular legislative updates if you haven’t already, here, and you can also “like” and follow my official State Representative Facebook page.
I also invite you to contact my office with any questions or comments you may have at (651) 296-4257 or firstname.lastname@example.org. My legislative assistant, Sebastian, or I will be happy to assist you.
It’s an honor to represent our community in the Minnesota House.