When the state is able to partner with smaller cities and towns to finance major construction projects, it prevents dramatic property tax hikes that would otherwise fall on local small businesses and families. This is a big deal for Cloquet and it will make a positive difference in people’s lives for decades to come.
I favor moving in a direction where state lawmakers better equip schools to identify and address warning signs of danger in the student population. To that end, I am working to establish a new state law that requires every school district to create a “threat assessment team” to prevent a crisis from turning into a tragic loss of life.
The best Sepak Takraw players are here in our state. I know that every time Team Minnesota sets foot on the court, the other side would tremble. That is the pride I like to have for us and for Minnesota. I invite Minnesotans of all cultures to visit the recreation center, learn about the sport, and try it out yourself.
Next year’s budget-setting session is an opportunity to go big and take a closer look at how to steer more resources toward mental health support and school counselors who are professionally trained to recognize and address crises before they become tragedies.
Minnesota remains on track to begin issuing REAL ID-compliant cards October 1. When available, the new cards will become an acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel and to access federal buildings.
In reality, these plans are akin to allowing auto manufacturers to cut the price of manufacturing a car by using paper air bags — they are cheaper and work great, until you crash. The lower prices advertised by Azar are possible only because the product he’s selling is a total clunker.