The first month of the 2019 Legislative Session is now over. My colleagues and I are hard at work introducing legislation and holding committee hearings, moving legislation through the process. Our biggest priority in 2019 is crafting a budget that will fund essential state services and priorities over the next two years.
The University of Minnesota will lend its expertise in reviewing the potential health effects of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances under legislation introduced by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL – Cottage Grove) and Representative Anne Claflin (DFL – South St. Paul) on Thursday.
Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) is bringing a focus on public safety to her first bill introductions of the 2019-20 legislative session.
It is an honor to represent the people of Cottage Grove, Hastings, South St. Paul, St. Paul Park, Newport, Afton and neighboring townships. I look forward to a healthy and respectful debate about the issues and encourage you to follow along and participate.
Lawmakers need to be cautious as we craft a new two-year budget in the coming months. Budget officials are warning of a possible economic slowdown and market volatility, and we need to take that to heart when planning for the future.
The idea of letting everyone buy in to MinnesotaCare is extremely popular among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of all ages in every region of our state.