Rep. Cheryl Youakim (HD46B) Update: December 5, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

I hope that everyone stayed safe on the roads yesterday. Thank you to all city, state and county workers that were out very early yesterday morning to make sure the roads we all traveled were as safe as the weather allowed.

This will likely be my last update for 2017; I hope it finds you and yours happy and healthy. The next legislative session starts on February 20, 2018 and I am already beginning to schedule my community conversations. Look for an e-mail in early January with all of the dates, times and locations. So, get ready to start your new year off right by joining your friends and neighbors in some quality civic engagement. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (HD46B) Update: November 9, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Congratulations to those who were elected to local office this past Tuesday. Having served on the Hopkins City Council for nine years, I know the commitment it takes to run an election. I look forward to working with you to grow opportunities for all in our community. To those who were unsuccessful, I thank you for your willingness to step up and serve. I hope that you will continue to be involved and will consider running again. Here’s an update from the Capitol.

Veterans Day

Each November 11, we observe the sacrifices made by members of our military with the commemoration of Veterans Day, and this year is no exception. They leave their families behind to head into uncertain, often dangerous situations to defend our freedoms and keep us safe here at home. Their families must also grapple with this uncertainty. These brave men and women volunteer out of a spirit of service and commitment to country. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (HD46B) Update: October 3, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

With the temperature dropping and leaves changing color, fall is upon us. I hope those of you with students in your family had a smooth transition back to school. Here is an update from the State Capitol.

Senseless Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

Monday morning Minnesotans woke up to the news of yet another mass shooting in America. This one at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. By 8 p.m. Monday night, news reports had the death toll at 59 and were reporting over 527 people injured. The count may continue to rise. Over the next few days we will hear the stories of grieving loved ones, brave first responders and miracles of survival. Our hearts are with them all. Read More

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (HD46B) Update: August 31, 2017

Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

We are now in the waning days of summer, which has gone by all too rapidly. The Minnesota State Fair is here, and Tuesday I spent some time at the Minnesota House of Representatives booth in the Education Building. I had the opportunity to have some good conversations, and it’s clear Minnesotans are engaged and have opinions on a wide variety of issues. I appreciated hearing their perspectives.

Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

We continue to see the heartbreaking photos and video from Houston and the surrounding area due to the devastation caused by Harvey. Flooding has wiped away everything from many families, and at least 30 people have lost their lives, with this number continuing to rise. Clearly, the impact of this storm will be felt for years to come and the community will face a difficult path as they seek to rebuild what has been lost. Read More

Rep. Peggy Flanagan (HD46A) Update: August 29, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Tomorrow in St. Louis Park, Congressman Keith Ellison is hosting a community forum titled “Civics 101.” I’ll be there with Congressman Ellison and other elected officials to discuss the mechanics of how various levels of government work, how laws are passed and implemented, and how to exercise your rights and privileges to the government. Additionally, and maybe most importantly, we will talk about how your voice can influence the direction of public policy.

Please join us tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Dr. The event is free and open to everyone. I hope to see you there.

Peggy

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