Rep. Peggy Flanagan Update: August 11, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

This weekend in St. Paul, the Minnesota State Capitol’s Grand Opening celebration is taking place, commemorating the stunning restoration of “the People’s House.” If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the Capitol, you will be blown away by the results of the nearly four-year restoration project, bringing the building to a pristine condition not seen since its opening in 1905. Artwork has been retouched with superb attention to detail, space available to the public has about doubled, heating and cooling systems have been modernized, technology has been upgraded to the 21st century, and accessibility has been improved so all Minnesotans can enjoy the Capitol.

The celebration started today and goes through Sunday. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family, including free concerts, a fireworks spectacular Saturday evening, behind the scenes tours every half hour, a Prince Dance Party, a Kid Zone, musical and dance performances from a variety of cultures, and much more. With the exception of the Cap Untapped craft beer tasting tomorrow (tickets for which are available here), all of the events are absolutely free to attend. Plenty of free parking is available, and bus and light rail rides on Metro Transit are free as well. Read More

Rep. Peggy Flanagan Update: July 28, 2017

Dear neighbors,

Monday evening, Myron Frans, the Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), is launching the “My Minnesota Tour” with a meeting right here in St. Louis Park. I’m quite excited that Commissioner Frans, who serves as Chief Financial Officer for the state, selected our community as the location from which to launch this tour. By conducting this tour, Commissioner Frans is looking to gather input about potential new investments the state should make as well as share information about how the state budget directly impacts local communities. I’ll be there with other state and city leaders to welcome him to St. Louis Park.

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Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: July 28, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Please join me, other city and state officials along with your neighbors in a discussion about the Minnesota state budget. Myron Frans, the Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) is launching the “My Minnesota Tour,” and the first stop is in St. Louis Park. This tour will offer Minnesotans the opportunity to provide their ideas about what new investments the state should make. Additionally, Commissioner Frans will be on hand to provide ideas on how our state budget directly impacts local communities.

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Sen. Ron Latz: “My Minnesota” Tour Kick Off in St. Louis Park

Dear Neighbors,

This Monday, July 31st from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans will launch the statewide tour of “My Minnesota” at the Oak Hill Park (Park Shelter) in St. Louis Park!

As Commissioner of MMB, Myron Frans is the chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, state controller, and head of human resource and employee insurance for over 50,000 employees. He is a very knowledgeable and active advisor to the executive branch on all matters related to the state budget. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: June 30, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Hello Everyone,

This last week was full of community events. On Monday night, we had close to 50 people join us for the SD46 Town Hall Meeting to wrap up the 2017 legislative session. Thank you to all of those who attended, there were great questions and conversations that took place. I will be starting my twice a week “Coffee & Conversations” in the fall; stay tuned for the dates.

On Wednesday, I took a tour of a mobile exhibit at Adath Synagogue called thisishunger.org. It put together by mazon.org to raise awareness of hunger and lack of healthy food access that folks face across our country. The exhibit shared stories of families facing hunger, walked attendees through the process of meal planning for $1.40 per person and shared important statistics. In Minnesota, this organization has helped change policy to increase access to healthy foods through programs like “Market Bucks.” By providing matching dollars, “Market Bucks” enables folks who qualify for food assistance to buy more affordable produce at local farmers markets. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: June 20,2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Hello Everyone,

Last Friday, the jury in the trial of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez came out with a verdict of not guilty. The journey from the senseless killing of Philando Castile to the verdict on Friday was a long one, but it is far from complete. We would not be doing justice to Mr. Castile if the discussion ended here. I share the disappointment of many with the verdict and in the sadness many feel. It is hard when the system does not produce the result we would like to see or when we feel that justice has not been achieved.

In 1967, Hubert Humphrey said, “Freedom is not real to me when I have it and my brother does not, when my nation enjoys it and another does not, when my race achieved it and others have not.” It is hard to believe that we are still waging the same war for justice, but we are. We must continue to push for reforms in our legal system so that it is truly fair for all. We need to continue to reach out to each other and to learn from each other in order to break down the walls of fear. Only when we work together can we make our communities safe and strong for this generation and the next. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim Update: June 2, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Hello Neighbors,

Just a quick reminder to mark your calendars for the SD46 Town Halls coming up in June. Because of construction at St. Louis Park City Hall, we have moved the venue. Myself, Senator Ron Latz and Representative Peggy Flanagan will be giving brief opening remarks on the session and then we will open the floor for questions. We ask that folks keep their questions and comments brief so that everyone who wishes to speak will have a chance. Read More

Rep. Peggy Flanagan Update: June 2, 2017

 

Dear neighbors,

Last week, legislators and staff worked around the clock to complete a special session that was supposed to last one day to allow Republicans to finish their work on omnibus budget bills. However, that special session dragged through the entire week as they could not reach final agreement. This process was frustrating and I think it was irresponsible for us to be forced to pass the majority of our state budget in the middle of the night, after it was negotiated behind closed doors with little or no public input.

I wanted to give you a few quick updates: Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More