I want to take a moment to highlight what an inspirational week it’s been at the legislature, a week that truly reflects our progressive values.
- Just yesterday Governor Dayton signed into law an increase to Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50, with indexing for inflation. Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Minnesotans, two thirds of them women, will now enjoy greater economic prosperity. Thank you to Sen. Chris Eaton and Rep. Ryan Winkler, for carrying this legislation.
- The Safe and Supportive Schools Act, lead-authored by Sen. Dibble and Rep. Davnie, passed after more than a year of legislative work. Minnesota children can now count on a school environment that’s free of bullying and intimidation. I was honored to be present at the signing of the bill and to hear the words of strength and compassion offered by the bill’s youngest advocates – kids who have been bullied.
- Last week the House passed one element of the Women’s Economic Security Act (carried by Rep. Melin), putting an end to work discrimination because of a person’s status as a family caregiver or their familial status (i.e., whether or not they have kids). The bill will now be heard in the Senate. If this bill passes, aging Minnesotans will be able to stay in their own homes longer and with more security.
I hope you’ll join me in thanking Representatives Winkler, Davnie and Melin; Senators Eaton and Dibble; Governor Dayton and all our DFL elected officials for their hard work moving Minnesota forward.
p.s. Remember to vote on April 29 so we can continue this progressive legacy in Hennepin County.