I hope you are finding ways to stay cool and hydrated in these dog days of summer. I’m grateful that with great beaches, bike paths, and patios to enjoy that you have taken a few minutes out of these long summer days to read my e-updates, to email and to reach out.
One important part of my job as your state representative is to share news from the Capitol, details on important policy issues, and happenings in our community. As I mentioned in my last update, because of the 60-day rule in Minnesota law, today is the last day you’ll see my last newsletter to your inbox until November. But don’t worry, if you want to continue to stay updated on what’s happening in our community and at the Capitol follow along on my Facebook page. And I welcome you to reach out in an email, letter or phone call if you want to connect.
I hope to see you out and about in our district -- please give a wave and say hi!
Here’s more from the Capitol:
Staying out and engaged
I attended an important meeting hosted by the American Legion Post 435 this week to discuss their proposal to build a Veterans Village in Richfield on the site of the current Legion Post. I was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Herke to hear about this innovative idea to utilize their current footprint on the edge of Veterans Park to increase housing options for veterans and residents of Richfield. While the project is still in the initial stages, I’m proud to work with the leaders of Post 435 and to be the chief author of a bill to provide bonding support to the project.
I was honored to join the incredible young advocates and allies at Youthprise this week to celebrate the passing of a bill that eliminates the unfair exclusion of students for our unemployment insurance system. Young people are our future, we should value their work like we value all work. Young workers are working to support themselves and their families and deserve the same security as other Minnesota workers experiencing job loss or a layoff -- and because of the tireless organizing of youth workers and allies in Minnesota they now have that security!
I was happy to join St. Paul Promise Neighborhood at the Freedom School Science Day to talk about climate solutions and environmental justice. We had an incredible turnout of kids from first grade to high school, and I learned a lot from these bright young minds. They really filled up our awesome Minnesota Science Museum. Legislators watched a short presentation on environmental justice put together by the students, and engaged in discussion on where we should go as a state.
As this is my last newsletter of the season, I’ve compiled a list of resources to check out to stay informed, get a new perspective, or a deeper dive. I often get questions about how to find information on legislative issues, and I hope this will help you. Remember, you can still reach out to me at email@example.com with questions, thoughts, and concerns.
Stay Engaged at the Capitol
Twitter is often helpful—Follow groups like House Public Information Services and other non-partisan offices, along with #mnleg
Political newsletters: Star Tribune Hot Dish, MPR Capitol View, Axios Twin Cities, Minnesota Reformer are some good ones to try
Hennepin County Library has great resources for book clubs, reading suggestions, and ways to stay involved!
*Just kidding - these are not light reads but they are good non-fiction books that I think are important reads. If you have any good summer fiction -- I’m taking recommendations so please send any recommendations my way!
Thanks so much for your time and all you do to make our community a great place for everyone. It’s an honor and a privilege to be your State Representative.