Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: April 21, 2017

 

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The Legislative break has concluded and we returned to St. Paul on Tuesday to begin wrapping up the 2017 legislative session. Here is an update:

One month to go

We have a full agenda ahead as we complete the budget process before the constitutional adjournment deadline of May 22. Most finance bills have been passed and either are in conference committee or will be shortly. House and Senate conferees were appointed by the Speaker of the House to compare the different versions of each finance bill. Governor Dayton will also be very involved in the process as we seek to reach agreement on the final budget. (more…)

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: April 7, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update
Dear Neighbors,

It was great to see so many of you at the Town Hall Meeting on Saturday. Sen. Eaton, Rep. Nelson and I were all impressed with the great questions, and we all appreciate the valuable input we received from the community.

 

Public Safety Bill

We continue to put together the state budget by considering the various finance bills put forth by the House Majority. Last week, we passed the bills covering Taxes, E-12 Education, Transportation, and the Environment. Monday of this week, we considered the House Omnibus Public Safety Bill. Non-partisan “Session Daily” summarized the discussion of this bill. (more…)

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 31, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Tuesday, I met with the brothers and sisters of AFSCME and on Wednesday, I got to meet with those from the Teamsters Local 320. Yesterday, I was visited by members of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders from Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park to hear their priorities.

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Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 30, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Neighbors and Friends, 

I am co-hosting a town hall with Rep. Debra Hilstrom and Senator Chris Eaton on Saturday morning, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklyn Center Community Center in the Cohen Room. These are great events for me to hear directly from you about your concerns and I hope you can attend. Your input is valuable to me. Here are the full details.

WHAT: Legislative Town Hall Meeting

WHO: State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, Rep. Michael Nelson, Sen. Chris Eaton, interested members of the community  (more…)

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 24, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The Star Tribune published a commentary I authored with Sen. Chris Eaton, Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Dave Baker on the bipartisan efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Our bills, referred to as the Opioid Reform Act, will specifically address the over prescription of pain medication in Minnesota.

Attorney General Lori Swanson and Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo have done tremendous work to provide resources to schools, health care professionals, and others in our local communities to combat this problem. They have started a program called “Dose of Reality,” and I encourage you to visit their website. (more…)

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Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 22, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Neighbors and Friends,

I am co-hosting a town hall with Rep. Debra Hilstrom and Senator Chris Eaton on Saturday morning, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklyn Center Community Center in the Cohen Room. These are great events for me to hear directly from you about your concerns and I hope you can attend. Your input is valuable to me. Here are the full details. 

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 17, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Along with Rep. Michael Nelson and Sen. Chris Eaton, I invite you to join us for a Town Hall Meeting to share your input about issues at the State Capitol. We will meet Saturday morning, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklyn Center Community Center in the Cohen Room.

These meetings provide a valuable forum for me to hear directly from community members about your priorities, and I hope folks will attend and make their voices heard. With the legislative session about to enter its final weeks with major decisions on the budget forthcoming, I’m looking to get a great deal of input on these major issues. (more…)

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 10, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

This week I had the opportunity to meet with corrections officers from around the state who came to the State Capitol to share their priorities. These Minnesotans work hard in some extremely challenging conditions, and we should work to enhance protections not just for them, but for the offenders they are responsible for supervising.

Outside of their actual working conditions, these folks remain concerned about the potential reopening of a private prison in Minnesota. I’ve introduced a bill this session to ban the state from contracting with such a facility. Private prisons produce poor outcomes when it comes to recidivism and rehabilitation of offenders. The ability to put citizens behind bars is a power that we should take seriously as a state government, and not outsource to corporations motivated by profit.

Committee Deadlines

Tonight at midnight is the first committee deadline. This deadline, the first of three, is for committees to approve bills in their house of origin. The second deadline, a week from today, is for committees to act on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline. The third and final deadline is on March 31, and is for committees to act on major budget bills. (more…)

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Rep. Debra Hilstrom Update: March 3, 2017

Rep. Debra Hilstrom (40B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Wednesday night I spoke with students and faculty at the University of Minnesota as part of the Summit on College Affordability. Tuition hikes in recent years at the University have been difficult on students. Inadequate state investments in higher education over the last decade and a half have led to a staggering 177 percent increase at the University of Minnesota between 2000 and 2011. 2013 and 2014 the state implemented a two year freeze on undergraduate resident tuition at the U of M and Minnesota State campuses. However with record tuition increases students have record debt. We must commit to making college more affordable and reducing student debt burdens if we want to have a world class work force and enable the next generation to succeed.

The Minnesota Daily covered the event, and you can read their story here. (more…)

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Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 1, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced that we have a forecasted budget surplus of $1.65 billion. The February Economic Forecast revealed that Minnesota continues to have low unemployment and a stable budget.

While Minnesota’s economy is performing well, we should always be looking for ways to improve. This surplus is an opportunity to reinvest in all Minnesotans in every corner of the state – through strong public schools, affordable college and job training, and access to good jobs and good benefits like paid leave and earned sick time across the whole state. (more…)

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