As I wrap up my first month at the Capitol I am proud of all we have accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has been engaged with me in co-governance, including those who turned out to our SD63 town hall last month. We had over thirty community members join us in a productive conversation on the issues facing our state.
Minnesota Asian Pacific Caucus Releases Legislative Priorities
Recently, I joined my Minnesota Asian Pacific (MAP) Caucus colleagues to outline our legislative priorities, including my bills to include ethnic studies in the Minnesota curriculum and to provide infrastructure grants for culturally specific nonprofits. Our students deserve the opportunity to receive a world-class education, and that includes a well-rounded curriculum with an accurate portrayal of our global history. A more relevant curriculum for students can help close the opportunity gap in Minnesota.
Other MAP Caucus Priorities include:
Stopping hate bill authored by Rep. Samantha Vang
English learner funding increase authored by Rep. Kaohly Her
AAPI veterans bill authored by Senators Foung Hawj and Susan Pha
You can watch a video of our press conference here.
POCI Caucus Releases Priorities
The Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus announced their legislative priorities for the 2023-2024 session. Our legislative agenda focuses on:
Equity in Economic Development
Public Safety and Justice Reform
The POCI Caucus is focused on ensuring the policies pursued in Minnesota are presented with an equity lens that addresses the needs of traditionally under-resourced and underinvested communities in Minnesota.
The last eight years globally have been the hottest on record, and Minnesota is among the top states currently seeing rapid changes to our climate. Scientists know climate change driven by fossil fuels is impacting our environment, infrastructure, and our health. Minnesota has long been a leader in clean energy, but partisan gridlock in recent years has hindered attempts to combat climate change.
The House DFL majority has passed the 100% by 2040 bill, a landmark piece of legislation to help our state address climate change head-on and prepare for a carbon-free future. Action at the state level is urgently needed to help the U.S. meet our climate goals. This legislation would require the state’s utilities to use entirely carbon-free sources for electricity production by 2040. This would put us on track with over 20 other states having also adopted similar goals.
Not only is this legislation critical to protecting our climate, but it also makes economic sense. Wind power is the cheapest form of electricity, and producing solar energy is cheaper than building new fossil fuel plants or importing fossil fuels from other states. This bill ensures we remove barriers to setting up carbon-free and renewable power sources and invest in jobs right here in Minnesota. I was proud to cast my vote in support of the 100% by 2040 bill on the House floor and will continue working to address and combat climate change this session.
Join us for Coffee and Conversation
On Friday, February 17th from 8-10am I will be joining ward 9 city council member at Wildflyer Coffee. Please stop by to chat with us about your priorities for our city and state government.