We’re in the 65th hour of the Minnesota Legislative Special session as I write this.
Law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics and other public safety officials are faced daily with the worst situations imaginable – situations that no human being should ever have to see.
We just wrapped up our DFL listening session in Willmar, which produced some really great conversations. It is clear that we all have a lot more in common with people across this state than we think sometimes. We’re finding that the negative often rises to the top in news stories, but when you come here and you sit down and listen, you’re pleasantly surprised.
After a successful listening tour in Grand Rapids in March, a new group of us have embarked today for Willmar. We are leaving St. Paul behind with just three weeks left of session and are on our way to Western Minnesota. This time we hail from Shoreview, Hastings, Bloomington and Woodbury, and we’re all looking forward to spending some time with voters who may see things different from our own constituents.
This week has been a tough week for Hastings and South Washington Counties.
On March 28, the Omnibus Public Safety budget bill passed off the floor in the Minnesota Senate.