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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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: (more…)

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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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