Senator Hawj: East St. Paul gains nearly $800,000 from legislative session
ST. PAUL, Minn – Several weeks after the tumultuous end to the 2017 Legislative Session, Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) is reaching out to constituents to talk about some of the lesser-known successes that came out of the legislature this year.
- $300,000 for Eastside Enterprise Center. This money will be used to expand culturally tailored resources that address small business growth and job creation.
- $400,000 for the Grow-It Center at Metro State University. This money will help create a year-round learning hub for scientists, students of all ages and community practitioners to exchange knowledge and grow healthy communities. This center aims to generate best practices in sustainable urban agriculture, healthy food production and inspire the next generation to solve these issues.
- $75,000 for the creation of a Sepak Takraw court in St. Paul. Sepak Takraw is a traditional Southeast Asian sport that is played over a net and requires players to touch the ball using only their feet, knees, heads and chest – similar to soccer.
- Significant increase of $483 million for K-12 funding over the next two years. This money will fund a 2% increase in the basic funding formula as well as $50 million in on-time funds for a new pilot early education program.
“This session will certainly not be remembered for embracing and helping immigrant communities. That being said, as a proud voice for immigrants in Minnesota, and the only state senator of Hmong descent – we were able to accomplish some good things for our community. I am particularly happy about the money for the Eastside Enterprise Center. Assisting small businesses and helping expand job creation in our neighborhoods will strengthen our families and the entire East St. Paul region,” said Sen. Hawj.
“I realize some of you might have come across a study that our East Side has not been getting its fair share of capital investment resources. I am concerned and will work hard to replenish our equity. Therefore, I encourage your ideas and partnership” said Sen. Hawj