DFL PRECINCT CAUCUS - FEBRUARY 25, 2020
It is that time again. Precinct caucuses are just around the corner. As we enter a new year and a brand new decade, I ask for your support once more to represent you and the great East Side at the Minnesota Legislature in 67B. The year 2020 is going to be a landmark year in American History. The world will see yet if we will impeach a President who has defied our Constitution and risked our national security for the gain of personal and political favors. It rocks our national conscience to its core, and we need a strong House DFL to fight for every inch of ground to protect our state and its resources from the corruption of the GOP. Thus, it is more critical that we vote with our feat and act out our values at the ballot box in 2020!
As a State Representative, I have fought hard with my colleagues for our community last session. Here are some great strides we made:
A Great Education for All Students
This year we stood up for our students and fought successfully for sustainable investments in our schools. We delivered an additional $27 million for St. Paul Public Schools, and funding to increase the number of teachers of color from K-12 through higher education. Continuing this work will be a priority for me when the 2020 session begins.
Economic Development for Vibrant Communities
Though more needs to be done for Minnesota’s working families, we were able to establish some of the toughest wage theft laws in the nation last session. We provided over $35 million in job equity funding, and passed a bill to increase workforce diversity in energy for women, veterans, people of color, and small businesses. I successfully fought to provide funding for community organizations that serve Eastsiders supporting underserved populations such as the Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, the Hmong Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul (Eastside).
Housing for All and Strong Infrastructure
Too many students and families don’t have a safe, reliable place to rest their head at night and we know that holds Minnesotans back from seeking a job, pursuing an education, and preserving their health. Our final housing bill provides a historic level of support for infrastructure and affordable housing. While this bill is a good start, we have a long way to go to ensure affordable housing for all in Minnesota.
The 10,000 commuters who cross the Kellogg bridge every day rely on it. Our state received a “C” grade on our last Infrastructure Report Card, and this bridge is the perfect example of investments our state needs to make in our roads, bridges, and sidewalks to keep our communities safe. As I did last year, I’m going to continue to fight for strong infrastructure funding.
Affordable and Accessible Health Care
I worked hard to ensure all Minnesotans can afford their health insurance, prescription drugs, and the care they need when they need it. I supported legislation to get tough on middlemen who drive up the cost of medications and enacted sweeping oversight to improve drug pricing transparency – I will continue to fight for affordable, accessible health care and that includes passing the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act as soon as possible.
Whether it is advocating to undo decades of failed drug war policies regarding cannabis or fighting climate change, and funding programs to support our veterans and aging population, I will never stop fighting for you.
I cannot do this alone. And remember that I ask you to engage with me and continue to hold me accountable as well. I need your support to continue this hard work. As the next legislative session begins, we have to open the year strong.
I am asking for your time, for your financial donation, and most importantly, for the hard ground work to be a delegate for me in the precinct caucuses so that our movement can remain strong, visible and we can continue to brighten the horizon for all East Siders and uplift all Minnesotans.
Please caucus for me February 25, 6 PM at Harding High School.
Thank you for your support.
State Representative (67B)
Vice Chair, Veterans & Military Affairs Finance & Policy Division
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