Minnesota’s firefighters will receive vital supplemental state health assistance thanks to the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program, chief authored by Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) and Representative Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins). The bipartisan legislation, SF2264 and HF1782, addresses the alarmingly high incidence of cancer, cardiac issues and emotional trauma facing the state’s 22,000 firefighters.
Earlier this session, I introduced SF 619, a bipartisan bill that would legalize recreational cannabis for adults at least 21 years old.
We are already entering the third month of the 2019 Legislative Session, and my colleagues and I at the legislature are getting into the nitty-gritty of building a budget for Minnesota.
In the past two weeks, two major legislative events have set the tone for upcoming budget discussions in the legislature: Governor Walz’s budget proposal and the February forecast.
Minnesota is moving into a new era of value-based care that includes ensuring patients receive coordinated care from hospitalization to follow-up care to long-term prevention with all steps focused on communication.
Perhaps the most important role of the Legislature is the role it plays in creating a state budget.