Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: May 23, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Hello Neighbors,

I wanted to briefly update you on what has happened over the last few days that has lead to the end of regular session and beginning of the special session. Over the weekend through yesterday, House and Senate leadership and the Governor were working on a deal to bring session to an orderly close. With midnight approaching, an agreement was tentatively reached on remaining budget bills: Health & Humans Services, E-12 Education, Transportation, State Government Finance, Taxes and Bonding. We adjourned the regular 2017 session at midnight and gaveled in the first special session at 12:01 a.m. We then recessed until 3:00 p.m. today to allow for the bills be finalized and drafted.

I am sitting patiently on the floor as I write this waiting to see the language we will be voting on tonight. Leadership agreed to meet until Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. when this special session will conclude with or without a deal.  There has been an agreement put in place that will not allow amendments on the bills. Twitter seems to be a good, instant source of information. Follow the hash tag #mnleg on Twitter to see when the bills are posted or go to www.house.mn for further information. (more…)

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Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: May 19, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Hello Everyone,

There are only 4 days remaining in the 2017 legislative session, including today, and a budget solution seems elusive. All budget issues remain unresolved with the exception of agriculture. Compromise is needed to pass a budget to fund Minnesota into the future. Things can change very quickly during the last few days of session so this update reflects where things are at as of the morning of Friday, May 19.

On Monday we heard the remaining omnibus bills: Jobs & Energy, Higher Education and Public Safety. They were passed on predominately party line votes and sent to Governor Dayton who then promptly vetoed them as promised. The hope was that this would break the log jam and bring folks back to the negotiating table. You can read his veto letters here. (more…)

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Rep. Peggy Flanagan Update: May 19, 2017

Dear neighbors,

Only a few days remain in the 2017 legislative session, and a budget solution seems elusive. All budget issues remain unresolved with the exception of agriculture. Compromise is needed to pass a budget to fund Minnesota into the future, but unfortunately, Republicans have been unwilling to stay at the negotiating table and meet in the middle.

As we go into negotiations over the weekend, I wanted to give you a quick update: (more…)

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Klobuchar Joins St. Louis Park’s Peggy Flanagan In ‘Powwow For Hope’

The following article by William Bornhoft was posted on the St. Louis Park Patch website May 12, 2017:

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined Sen. Al Franken, St. Louis Park State Rep. Peggy Flanagan, and tribal leaders for the American Indian Cancer Foundation‘s 6th Annual Powwow for Hope. “Proud to stand with Minnesota’s Native community and stand up for strong investments in cancer research,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “All Americans are counting on us to continue pressing for better prevention, better treatment, and ultimately a cure.”

Joined tribes from around Midwest for . Need to keep investing in cancer research for patients & families.

View the post here.

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Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: May 12, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

We are quickly approaching the legislative session adjournment deadline of May 22. Schedules remain very fluid and things are changing from one minute to the next. With all that happened this week, I thought I would reach out to you a little early and give you an update.

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS

As of last week, the House and Senate Republican majorities are still far apart from Governor Dayton in their budget offers. Last Friday, the conference committees had completed their work and left their bills in committee while the Republican leadership of the House and Senate began negotiations with Governor Dayton. (more…)

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Rep. Peggy Flanagan Update: May 12, 2017

Dear neighbors,

The legislative session’s constitutional adjournment date of May 22nd is approaching quickly, meaning we have just 10 days to negotiate a budget that will lift up Minnesota families and invest in the things that make our economy strong.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I want to give you just a few relevant updates that are on my mind this week. (more…)

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What happened to making child care affordable?

The following commentary by Rep. Peggy Flanagan was posted on the MinnPost website May 11, 2017:

As you read this, there are 4,997 families in Minnesota on a waiting list to access affordable child care. While they wait, often for years at a time, the very child-care facilities where they want to send their kids are hanging on by a thread as they struggle to keep their doors open.

We have an affordable-child-care crisis on our hands in Minnesota. And this was the year we were supposed to do something about it. Instead, Republicans in the state legislature are not only failing to move forward with a bipartisan plan to expand affordable child-care opportunities; they are actually making the problem even worse. (more…)

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Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: May 8, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Last week’s sessions lasted a few hours and had relatively non-controversial bills as we continued to work our way through General Register bills. We are definitely in the hurry up and wait phase of session. On Thursday, we went it to session at 10 a.m. and then broke to discuss the bills within our caucuses. We were supposed to go back into session at 11:30 am but it was pushed back to 2:30 p.m. Speaker Daudt did not end up calling us back in until a little after 4:00 p.m. to finish the calendar for the day. The next few weeks will look very similar as we are in a holding pattern while leadership works out a deal that will hopefully lead to an orderly end of session. (more…)

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Sen. Ron Latz Update: May 5, 2017

CAPITOL UPDATE MAY 5, 2017

STRIB POLLING RESULTS: A Star Tribune polls published this week proved, once again, that a healthy majority support light rail transit and an overwhelming number in the metro area (despite elevated rhetoric to the contrary). Another shows a healthy majority agreeing that local control is preferable for Minnesotans. See all the Star Tribune poll results from this week here.

PERPICH CENTER: As many of you know, The Perpich Center for Arts Education has been in a transition period responding to a recent difficult Legislative Auditor report. The new administrative stewards are working swiftly to address the audit’s concerns. Legislators always understood the audit to be instructive on how to improve the institution for the students, alumnus, and art educators with policy solutions. However, some in the majority are now misusing the informative audit for political posturing. (more…)

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Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: May 1, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Last week we had session Monday and Thursday as we began to work our way through the bills that are on the General Register in the House. You can see the list of bills waiting for a House floor vote here. Some of these bills are also tucked into various omnibus bills and may not get an individual hearing on the House floor. Most of the bills taken up so far have been relatively non-controversial, with the exception of two anti-choice bills on the House floor last Monday. One bill removed coverage for abortion for women who are on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare even in cases of rape or a medical emergency. The other bill required special licensing for clinics that provide abortions when no other outpatient medical procedure is required to obtain a special license.

On Monday, I had an intern from the Secretary of State’s Office shadow me for the day. Tobi Oluwagbemi is a senior at St. Cloud State University who is very interested in public service and women’s issues. She had a lot of good questions and insights! (more…)

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