Tuesday, August 13, 2019
I recently returned from Nashville, where more than 150 legislators from 39 states met for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators to talk about plastic pollution, toxic chemicals, conserving land and water, reducing carbon, and more. I look forward to putting this information into action by enacting policies next session that will improve air and water quality for Minnesotans, advance environmental justice and equity in all our environmental conversations, and protect our great outdoors for generations to come.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) also met in Nashville - and I was appointed by the House Speaker to serve on the NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, as well as the Labor and Economic Development Committee.
Insulin For All
House DFL members are holding community conversations on insulin across the state because the voices of Minnesotans directly impacted by skyrocketing health care costs are going to be critical in promoting comprehensive solutions. All Minnesotans impacted by or concerned about the price of insulin are invited to come! Join us for the first one tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in room 120 of the Capitol.
Pathways to Prosperity
PSA: Pathways to Prosperity is leading a career training program in September - it's open to the public and will be going on from August 7-August 14 from 5:00-6:00pm each day at Merrick Community Services.
There's also a pre-office admin training, you can find the details here.
3M and our Environment
In 2018, the State of Minnesota settled a lawsuit against 3M for $850 million. Minnesota’s Attorney General sued 3M in 2010 for its use of toxic chemicals, which damaged drinking water and natural resources in the Twin Cities East Metro. It was just announced that that money will now go toward drinking water and natural resource projects in this region, and you can read the details of the plan here. This is good news, and I will continue to work with the MPCA and DNR to ensure we keep our environment safe and clean.
Let me know if you have any questions! I always like hearing from you.
Rep. Jay Xiong
I hope you're having a safe, smooth transition to driving hands-free!
I had the honor this week of joining St. Paul Public School educators with Education Chair Jim Davnie, where we heard from teachers about their need for more ethnic studies and dual language support. As a proud SPPS alumnus, former school teacher and SPPS staff, I know that it's our teachers who propel students to succeed. We need to give those teachers the tools they need to ensure that each and every student has fair and equitable opportunities.
This legislative session, we had success in fighting for historic, sustainable investments in our schools. We provided funding to increase the number of teachers of color from K-12 through higher education, so that all students can have a role model and leader that looks like them.
We also fought to expand funding for English Language Learners (ELL) from $700 to $1,400 per student. Commitment to equity and fairness to ALL Minnesotans means we need to lift up ELL students with an education that prepares them for post-secondary opportunities and success outside the classroom. We didn't get the outcome we fought for, but will continue to address this challenge.
To strengthen our legacy of equity and support for the arts this session, we provided funding for language preservation and immersion, for organizations that alleviate racial disparities, and funding to make sure under-served children have access to outdoor programs. Our commitment to arts and heritage are part of what makes Minnesota an equitable and welcoming community.
Have a great rest of your weekend!
Rep. Jay Xiong