Further accomplishments as summarized by Rep. Paul Thissen
First truly balanced budget in a decade, allowing our state to govern for the future rather than crisis to crisis
All-day, everyday kindergarten across Minnesota and a several hundred million dollar investment in all school kids from kindergarten through high school
First meaningful investment in early childhood education in our state's history
College tuition freeze
Minimum wage increased from one of nation's lowest to $9.50 per hour
Women's Economic Security Act focused on equal pay for women and protections against workplace discrimination for mothers and caregivers
Tax reductions for the majority of Minnesotans, bringing fairness to our tax system.
The first real reduction in property taxes in a decade (contrasted with $330 million average increases in last 10 years)
Over $100 million investment in housing, the most significant in state history
A package of construction projects all across the state from the Lewis and Clark pipeline bringing water to southwestern Minnesota to Destination Medical Center in Rochester to the Mall of America in Bloomington to several hundred million dollar investment in roads and bridges across the state - getting people back to work and setting the stage for continued economic growth.
First meaningful pay increase in years for long-term care workers
Expanded access to affordable, quality health care for tens of thousands in Minnesotans
Smart Greater Minnesota economic development package
No excuse absentee voting
Minnesota's first solar standard
$20 million investment in bringing broadband to every part of the state
The Minnesota Dream Act
"Ban the Box" legislation giving folks who have done their time a second chance
Homeowners Bill of Rights
Safe and Supportive Schools Act
Passed strong new laws against dangerous synthetic drugs
Made medical canibbis legal for children and adults suffering from serious health conditions
First in nation "kill switch" requirement for cell phones
!Again, thanks to everyone who took part in these historic two years!
And now, back to work because there are a lot more victories to accomplish.
Prepared and paid for by Senate District 42 DFL, PO Box 120191, New Brighton, MN 55112