Sen. Steve Cwodzinski Update: March 3, 2017

Feds State That Southwest Light Rail Funds Cannot Be Diverted to Roads and Bridges

This week, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) denied Republican legislators request to divert federal funds intended for the Southwest Light Rail line to road and bridge projects. An FTA representative stated: “By law, funding may be used only on major transit capital projects. It may not be used for roads, bridges, or other transportation projects.” 

Our community needs a 21st Century transportation system, and this announcement is just another signal that construction needs to move forward. Beyond being an efficient transportation option and relieving traffic congestion around the West metro area, the Light Rail expansion will attract new businesses and create jobs. 

Sunday Liquor Sales Ban is Lifted

This week our state legislature voted to remove our state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales. I was one of many Senators who heard constituents say that they want the option to purchase off-sale liquor on Sundays. The bill passed 38 to 28, with 19 Democrats, including myself, and 19 Republicans voting in favor. The bill was re-passed by the House as amended and will be sent to the Governor who has indicated he will sign the bill.

Notre Dame Academy Visits the Capitol

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to meet with some students from Notre Dame Academy in Minnetonka, who were just finishing up with a capitol tour. Their interest in government was outstanding, and it was an absolute pleasure to hear about what they enjoyed most about their visit.

My Newest Constituent is a Hoot!

The Eden Prairie Outdoor Center adopted this injured owl last year. The Outdoor Center asked Eden Prairie residents what they should name the barred owl. Over 200 people sent in name suggestions via a Facebook post. “Whisper” won. A fitting name for a nocturnal owl.

Building a More Civic-Minded Populace

Yesterday I presented my first bill as a state senator, SF 1061, proposing that all Minnesota students take a civics class in 11th or 12th grade. This was an amazing experience and I look forward to many more opportunities to advance legislation over the next four years. My full statement cant be found HERE.

Events in the District

Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools presents “Beyond the Diploma” with alumni speaker Betsy McCann

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Eden Prairie High School Auditorium 

$25 adult, $15 student

The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools presents “Beyond the Diploma” with alumna speaker Betsy McCann. McCann is the first woman in history to lead a Big Ten Marching Band and Athletic Bands Program. She will discuss a wide range of topics including how her formative years in Eden Prairie Schools helped propel her to a rewarding career in music.  

Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club Hosts the 35th Anniversary Eden Prairie Ice Show 

Join friends for a chance to see local skaters perform their 35th-anniversary presentation of “Hairspray,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hamilton” and “Annie.”

Adults: $8

Ages 3–17: $6

Ages 2 and younger: Free

Tickets are available in advance at the Community Center or at the door