Supporting Our Veterans in 2020

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Supporting Minnesota’s veterans will be a top priority for Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) in the 2020 Legislative Session. As a member of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee and with the Hastings Veterans Home in the district, Senator Bigham is ready to continue championing the needs of veterans.

“Minnesota’s veterans have made tremendous sacrifices in their service to our state and country, and deserve our support,” said Senator Bigham. “I’m looking forward to introducing legislation that will provide more financial resources for those living in our Veterans Homes and to support bonding projects that will rehabilitate and improve facilities that are helping our veterans.” 

The legislation would increase the personal needs allowance for domiciliary residents at the Hastings and Minneapolis Veterans Homes beginning in 2021. The bill will increase the domiciliary rate from $90 to $122 in 2021, $122 to $130 in 2022, and thereafter, the annual increase would be one half of a percentage change in the consumer price index.

Senator Bigham has also supported restorative justice and alternative sentencing options for veterans, including the Veterans Restorative Justice Act, which she will again support in 2020.