It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Capitol! In the House, legislators recently finished passing a series of supplemental budget bills – legislation that outlines how we believe the state should use our historic budget surplus to improve the lives of Minnesotans.
The Housing budget was one of the first bills we passed. It includes measures to:
I helped develop this supplemental budget, and it contains legislation I introduced. My bill requires recipients of Housing Infrastructure Bonds – bonds the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority issues to fund the development of housing for low- and middle-income Minnesotans – to include units that are accessible to people with physical and sensory disabilities.
The Health and Human Services budget, which we passed last week, will improve access to health care and reduce costs. Notable provisions in this budget will:
Several of my bills are part of the budget! This legislation will:
Our Public Safety and Judiciary bill delivers tools that law enforcement, local governments, and communities need to keep all Minnesotans safe. It supports public safety through innovations and accountability, contains community-led solutions to prevent crime, and makes our criminal justice system fairer and more effective. This legislation will:
Legislation I authored is included in this bill as well. It establishes ongoing funding for the Family Resiliency Partnership, a program that helps women enter the workforce.
The E-12 Education bill we passed two weeks ago delivers the resources necessary to meet the needs of all students, starting in the earliest years of their lives. To prepare young Minnesotans for success in school and in life, it will:
We also passed bipartisan legislation to deliver bonuses to frontline workers and refill the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. More than 600,000 Minnesotans can expect to receive a bonus as a result of this agreement. The bill also returns the depleted UI Trust Fund to pre-pandemic levels and prevents any unemployment insurance tax rate increases on small businesses. Governor Walz recently signed it into law!
The state is building an online system to process applications for bonus payments. When it launches, health care workers, first responders, child care providers, food service and retail workers, and other eligible workers will have 45 days to apply. If you’d like to be notified when the application process begins, you can sign up for updates at frontlinepay.mn.gov. Eligibility information and other details are available here.
If you have any questions about these bills or other legislation we’ve passed recently, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (651) 296-4128.