Sen. Fateh

DFL Legislators Speak Out on the Increase Teachers of Color Acts

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, the chief authors of the House and Senate Increase Teachers of Color Act bills spoke out on the economic, cultural, and emotional importance of providing robust support for new and current teachers of color in Minnesota schools. Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), Senator Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Hodan Hassan (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representative Alicia Kozlowski (DFL-Duluth)presented their bills to strengthen the Teachers of Color Act in E-12 and higher education and release the following statements:

Joint Committee Recommends University of Minnesota Regents

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A slate of four candidates for the University of Minnesota Board of Regents was recommended to pass in a joint hearing of the House and Senate Higher Education Committees on Tuesday night. The committee vote sends the board candidates to the floor of the full House and Senate for final confirmation. 

Senator Omar Fateh Introduces Affordable Housing Grant

Bill would be the largest non-federal grant to Minneapolis public housing

SAINT PAUL, MN – On Wednesday, Senator Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis) announced the introduction of a bill to send Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) a one-time cash grant of $45 million to repair more than 700 deeply affordable family homes. This legislation (SF 1899) would be the largest non-federal funding ever delivered to MPHA and would permanently and dramatically alter the future of MPHA’s deeply affordable family housing portfolio. This investment would benefit both the 3,100 residents living in these homes today as well as the estimated 3,800 families who would live in these homes over the next 30 years.

Tuition-Free College Passes in Senate Higher Education Committee

Bill would help nearly 60,000 Minnesotans attend college without tuition or fees

SAINT PAUL, MN – A bill to create a tuition-free college program for tens of thousands of middle- and low-income Minnesota students passed the Senate Higher Education Committee on Tuesday. The legislation would fund grants for all Minnesota resident students with a family adjusted gross income of $120,000 or less. Prior to the hearing, several DFL Senators spoke in favor of the proposal.

Somali-American Legislators Defend Rep. Ilhan Omar Against Racist GOP Attacks

ST. PAUL, Minn.– On Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives removed U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a party-line vote. Senator Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representatives Hodan Hassan (DFL-Minneapolis), Mohamud Noor (DFL-Minneapolis) and Samakab Hussein (DFL-St. Paul) issued the following statement in support of Omar: