SAINT PAUL, Minn. - On Sunday, May 7, State Representatives Samakab Hussein (DFL-Saint Paul), María Isa Pérez-Vega (DFL- Saint Paul), and Senator Sandra Pappas held a Town Hall for District 65 to discuss the 2023 legislative session.
Representatives Samakab Hussein and María Isa Pérez-Vega released the following statement:
“We are grateful to our constituents for taking the time out of their busy schedules to meet with us and engage in thoughtful discussions about the legislative session. In the first 100 days of the session, we turned decades worth of demands and cries for justice into action. We have delivered much-needed resources and services for families struggling to make ends meet and having to make impossible decisions that ultimately impact their overall quality of life and how they get to show up for their loved ones. Collectively, we heard unwavering support for the recent House passage of the statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. Our district has one of the lowest income margins, yet our communities are being asked to give more, do more, and exacerbate their personal well-being to earn a paycheck. Enacting Paid Family and Medical Leave will help to make Minnesota the best state in the nation for children and families. It complements all the other work Democrats are doing to help Minnesotans afford their lives, like investing in affordable housing, providing free school meals, and reducing health care costs.
As representatives of District 65, we are committed to listening to our constituents and ensuring we are fighting for their voices to be heard and reflected in our bills because, behind every statistic, there are real people who are living in deep disparities and having to navigate oppressive systems that continue to perpetuate harm and violence. We seek to work together to hold each other and our colleagues accountable and we take seriously the concerns of our community members and leaders.”