I can hardly believe we're almost to the end of the decade! I hope you're staying warm and spending time with loved ones during the holiday season.
I'm so grateful for the experience I've had as your legislator so far, this year has flown by. Here's a quick reflection on the important progress our state has made, not just over the past year, but the past decade.
- DFL Governor elected in 2010, the first in more than 20 years.
- Medicaid expansion in 2011
- Voter ID ban defeated in 2012 election
- Same-sex marriage legalized in 2013
- Minnesota-made health insurance exchange created in 2013
- Solar energy standard established in 2013
- Income tax increase for richest 2% of Minnesotans in 2013 to balance budget, end decade of chronic deficits, and invest in Minnesota
- Free All Day Kindergarten for all children approved in 2013
- Safe and Supportive Schools Act (anti-bullying law) approved in 2014
- Minimum wage increased in 2014 (went from one of lowest-in-the-nation to one of highest)
- Women’s Economic Security Act approved in 2014
- Minnesotans get two female U.S. senators for first time in 2018
- Opioid manufacturer accountability approved in 2019
- Sweeping protections for elders and vulnerable Minnesotans approved in 2019
- Strongest wage theft prevention law in nation approved in 2019
This is just a snapshot, and we have a lot more work to do! Let me know if there are some favorite moments of yours from the past decade.
Planning for Minnesota's Future
Recently we received our bi-annual economic forecast for the state. While Minnesota is in a strong financial position, the forecast highlights significant challenges we may face in the future, which could undermine our ability to provide good schools, good roads, and good health care for Minnesotans. We need to be diligent so we do not jeopardize our ability to provide Minnesotans with the resources they deserve, and we need to continue to invest in our people and our state so that we are setting up the next generation for a prosperous future. You can read more about the budget from MPR here.