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Legislative Update: 4-30-2021 - Conference Committees Begin
Overall, the biggest responsibility for lawmakers this session is to enact a new two-year state budget. The House has approved all of our budget bills off the floor, all of which were put together with the goal of helping workers, small businesses, students, and families all emerge from the challenges of the past year with the ability to succeed and thrive. Here are each of the bills we've passed:
The next step is for joint House/Senate conference committees to review differences between each chamber's versions of the budget bills and ultimately reach a bipartisan compromise. Our ability to work together and seek common ground is the type of government Minnesotans expect and deserve. In the session's final weeks, I'm committed to putting people before politics to ensure all Minnesotans can have a strong future. Click here
for a comprehensive schedule of committees thus far.
I am serving on the State Government conference committee. I am confident that we will craft an effective bill that improves the safety, accessibility, and security of our elections while ensuring that our state government is well funded and governed.
We are making fantastic progress vaccinating our entire state with over 3 million total doses and 56% of Minnesotans
16+ years of age having received at least one dose. If you have waited to get vaccinated there is no better time than now! At the Minnesota State Fair Grounds they are accepting walk-in appointments for everyone who is eligible. If we want to have a state fair this summer, everyone who can get vaccinated should. Walk-ins are available through Tuesday, May 4. Click here for more information
. If you or a loved one needs a vaccine please call the vaccine hotline at 833-431-2053, there is assistance available in the following languages: Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Russian, Amharic, Karen, and English.
Rent help is now available if you have fallen behind on rent, utilities, or have an upcoming rent payment you won't be able to make. A Renter's Checklist is available here
to help determine eligibility and ensure you have everything needed to apply. Please learn more and apply for aid here
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has funds available for Energy Assistance, and the recently approved federal stimulus includes over $100 million for Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program, nearly doubling the amount of support. If you qualify, you could receive significant assistance to help pay your energy bills. Eligible applicants receive an initial grant between $300 and $1,600 for energy expenses and can be eligible for up to $1,200 more to help pay overdue bills, avoid a utility shut off, or get a fuel delivery. There are energy service organizations (CAPs and others) across the state providing energy assistance services. There is a map that denotes these providers across Minnesota. Eligibility is based on income and family size. Individuals need to earn less than $28,266 to qualify, while families of four can earn up to $54,357. You can learn more here
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