Senate Republicans focus on politics, not classrooms
and everything else happening in the Legislature this week
After nearly two years of listening to Minnesota teachers, parents, and children plead with state leaders to provide the resources that will help them address and recover from pandemic-related stresses, Senate Republicans spent this week presenting their solution: a series of political bills that would erode Minnesota’s nation-leading brand of public education and decimate the teacher workforce.
Following the results of the 2020 Census, a new court-drawn map has laid out the boundaries for Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and 201 Legislative Districts that will be used for the next decade.
The five-member panel of judges that drew the updated map pursued a policy of ‘least change’ that balanced a fair reflection of where population grew and decreased without trying to make radical changes from the previous boundary.
In a virtual press conference held earlier this week, legislators, small business owners, and workers came together in a call to action to create a statewide paid family and medical leave policy.
Currently, hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans are unable to take paid leave to care for a family member when they get sick or to care for a new baby. This lack of care disproportionately affects women and communities of color in the state— forcing many to choose between caring for their loved ones and getting a paycheck. Throughout the public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of this coverage has only made these challenges worse for workers across the state.