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My first legislative session was quite an experience, especially as a member of the minority party in the Senate, where my Republican colleagues control the agenda of each of our committees and decide which bills can advance through the legislative process and which can’t. We simply didn’t get nearly as much done as a collective Legislature as we could or should have, especially in the context of pandemic response and recovery, economic and otherwise.

Despite that disappointing reality, we did accomplish some very important things this session. As most of you know, I have the privilege of putting my professional experience to use as a member of the Transportation Committee, and though this year’s Transportation budget bill lacks an overall forward-thinking vision, I’m pleased with the many quality provisions it does include, from ending the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for non-safety-related matters to providing more funding for Safe Routes to School. I’m especially looking forward to the results of two grants whose inclusion in the bill I helped secure alongside several local partners: $250,000 for an analysis of potential Bus Rapid Transit implementation in the Highway 55 corridor between Medina and Minneapolis, and $300,000 to the I-494 Corridor Commission to support their telework promotion and implementation efforts in partnership with businesses along Interstate 494.

I’m also very grateful for my DFL colleagues’ successful efforts to secure new formula funding for public schools in the Education budget bill, resulting in a far larger investment in public education than was proposed by Senate Republicans, and for our removal of voucher provisions that would have taken money away from public schools to pay for private education. More funding for Voluntary pre-kindergarten and for Teachers of Color Incentive programs are also significant steps in the right direction.

Additionally, in a local context, I was proud to work with my exceptional District 44 colleagues in the House, Representatives Ginny Klevorn and Patty Acomb, to secure tax relief for city governments in our district. The Tax budget bill includes sales tax exemptions for building materials used in public safety facility construction in both Plymouth and Minnetonka, as well as an allowance for tax increment financing in Minnetonka to support ongoing and future developments in the city. That will pay real dividends for our community over the next several years, and I’m very excited about it.

It’s clear that we have a huge amount of work ahead of us in the Legislature, from housing equity to racial justice to police reform and infrastructure investment, and that means many opportunities to materially improve life for people all across our state. We are just getting started.

For more information about Senator Ann Johnson’s Stewart’s work at the capitol visit her official Senate webpage: Webpage and subscribe to her legislative updates here: Legislative Updates

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