St. Paul, Minn.— Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) returned to the capitol this week for the start of the 2020 Minnesota legislative session. He is excited to work in a bipartisan way to build a better Minnesota for all of us.
“All Minnesotans want a good life and a better future for their families and neighbors,” Clausen said. “We share the Minnesotan values of affordable health care and post-secondary education, strong public schools for our communities, good jobs that sustain our families, and clean air and water.”
Senator Clausen outlined several legislative priorities he hopes the legislature will accomplish in 2020, the first being a strong bonding bill. “Higher education institutions across the state have serious needs, which will be barriers to learning and educational excellence if left unaddressed,” Sen. Clausen said. He continued, “We must pass a bonding bill that protects our state investments while creating good-paying jobs to boost our local economy.” Sen. Clausen is also working to improve the safety on Hwy. 55 after three recent fatalities heightened the importance of addressing this dangerous stretch of roadway.
As a former school principal and teacher, Sen. Clausen is also working on legislation to change the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) requirements under the Minnesota ESSA Plan. Currently, cities designated as first class are exempt from the requirement for two or more districts to sponsor an ALC, while some school districts with larger enrollment already operate their own ALCs. “Current law places a burden on our larger districts such as the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district to find a partner district, which presents difficulties in space needs, transportation and staffing,” Sen. Clausen said. “I want to change the law to allow the ten largest school districts to continue to operate stand-alone ALC facilities.”
Sen. Clausen is also working on several Health and Human Services issues such as mental health training for pediatric residents, telemedicine and telemonitoring expansions through grants and pilot programs, and ways to encourage more college students to become personal care assistants by providing higher education tuition incentives.
Senator Clausen will continue his push for thriving local communities by expanding access to affordable childcare and housing, investing in local infrastructure and broadband internet services, helping local business and the economy succeed, and investigating effluent reuse infrastructure in Rosemount.
“As always, I welcome your input on this and any other issue before the legislature,” Sen. Clausen said. “Please reach out to me with your comments and suggestions on these issues and any others that I may be able to help you with. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4120 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail letters or stop by for a visit in the Minnesota Senate Building, Room 2233, right across the street from the Capitol.”