Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, released the following statement after the Metropolitan Council rejected all current bids for SWLRT construction.
Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, and Representative Cheryl Youakim, DFL-Hopkins, with seventy-one legislators across the state, penned a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao supporting the Federal New Starts program which provides funding for transit projects nationwide, including SW LRT. Continued Federal support is critical to the region’s future economic success, traffic congestion reductions, and mobility increases.
St. Paul, Minn.— Tying must-pass budget bills to toxic policy provisions has become common-place at the legislature. One disturbing provision in the E-12 bill closes The Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley after over thirty years of top-notch arts education for students all over the state.
The Perpich family will be joined by alumni, parents, teachers and support staff disappointed by this attempt to disregard the immense value of this statewide arts magnet school. Senator Ron Latz (DFL – St. Louis Park) and Representative Peggy Flanagan (DFL – Golden Valley) have the school in their districts and are strongly opposed to this action.
WHO: Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park)
Representative Peggy Flanagan (DFL-St. Louis Park)
Sue Perpich, daughter of late Governor Rudy Perpich
Susan Draves, parent of current arts high school student
Alumni member of the Perpich Center
Julie Workman, vice chair of the Perpich Board of directors
Peg Birk, Interim Executive Director, Perpich Center
Ahava Silkey-Jones, Principal of Perpich Arts High School
Additional Perpich parents and alumni
WHERE: B-971 Capitol Press Conference Room
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2
At the Capitol, there have been multiple controversial policy provisions encased quietly into much larger budget bills required to operate the state government.
Under some circumstances, when a person gets pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated, law enforcement can take the driver’s vehicle.
Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) is working quickly to protect Minnesotans’ online privacy rights.