Thank you to those who joined me and Senator Liz Boldon at a legislative town hall the Rochester League of Women Voters hosted a couple of weeks back. It was great to update you on our progress going into the final month of the legislature, and I am glad to share that we have now passed all of our budget proposals off the House Floor!
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 we are doing to help Minnesotans afford their lives, like investing in affordable housing, providing free school meals, and reducing health care costs. I was excited to cast my “yes” vote for this legislation, and I want to thank all the advocates, many of whom I spoke to on Tuesday, for showing up and never giving up!
Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act
Last week, the Minnesota Reformer published a story about how the Mayo Clinic is threatening to pull billions in investments over the proposed Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act. Today, one in five nurses are planning on leaving the profession, and a major thing we can do to stop that trend is to give nurses more of a say in staffing decisions. Nurses need to feel safe and valued. As I have said before, I support our nurses who testified in the Health Committee and elsewhere that this bill will help solve the retention and care issues we are seeing in our hospitals.
I love the Mayo Clinic and support the work that they do, but I disagree with their opposition to this bill. This bill allows nurses to be heard in staffing committees and does not impose a one-size-fits-all system. I believe this bill, which is the product of years of work and compromise, is the best step forward and I will continue to advocate in support of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Lawns 2 Legumes!
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is once again accepting applications for grants for the Lawns to Legumes program. This program aims to increase habitat for at-risk pollinators in residential settings across the state by providing people with cost-share funding, workshops, coaching, and gardening resources. The new application period is open, and applications will be accepted through June 30, 2023. Details: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/node/10456
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