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TOGETHER WE'RE BETTER.

I'm Liz Olson, and I'm running to represent District 7B in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

 
 

My Vision

When I ran to represent the people of 7B two years ago, I promised to build relationships at the Capitol and in our community in order to make people’s lives better. Now, as I run again, I am proud to say I have done this. During my first term at the legislature, I worked with our Duluth legislative delegation and City Officials to pass critical infrastructure projects for community. I’ve worked with colleagues from across the aisle on the tax committee to pass legislation that allows more kids to access free and low-cost programs through the Duluth Heritage Sports Arena. And I’ve worked with parents, teachers, and school leaders to fight off cuts to our successful pre-k programs.

I am deeply proud of the work we’ve been able to do together. But our work is unfinished. There is still more to do to ensure that everyone in our state can to thrive. That’s why I’m asking for your support as I run for re-election. I want to pass more laws that make our lives better and our city stronger. I want to build community. And I want to do this with you. Because if I’ve learned anything over the past two years, it’s that I cannot do this work alone. I hope you’ll join me.

As I look to the future, I remain committed to the work of making Duluth a city where we all can thrive. As your representative I will continue to build to a city that works for everyone.

Living Wage Jobs with Benefits

Almost a quarter of the people in Duluth live in poverty. Too often, our neighbors, friends, and family are living paycheck to paycheck, facing foreclosure, or experiencing homelessness. People are working full-time and still can’t support their families. Over half of the workforce in Duluth doesn’t have access to a single paid day off. This poverty hurts our entire community, not only those struggling daily to make ends meet. I believe that we must build an economy that works for everyone, with living wage jobs that allow families to support themselves and live with dignity, and benefits like paid family leave and paid sick and safe time for all workers.

Well-Funded Public Education

I am grateful to be raising my daughter in a neighborhood with great public schools. Strong schools are not only necessary for providing education to students, but they are also part of building strong communities. I am committed to building a bright future for Minnesota by ensuring high quality pre-K programs, strong local schools, and supporting our kids all the way to high school graduation. We also need to make Minnesota’s public colleges and universities more affordable so more students have access to these schools and young people don’t graduate drowning in debt.

Supporting and protecting seniors

I hear many stories of people struggling to care for their loved ones as they age. As people live longer than ever, we need to make sure seniors have choices about where they live, that caregivers are getting support, and that aging family members are safe and well cared for by staff who earn good wages. As a member of the house Aging and Long-Term Care committee, I will continue to work hard to stop elder abuse, to increase access to affordable housing for seniors, and to ensure that seniors can age with dignity whether that be in their home or another place of their choosing.

Healthcare that works for all of us

Since my earliest days working and organizing in Duluth, I have worked to make sure everyone in our city has access to healthcare. Now, as a legislator, I regularly hear from people who rely on MinnesotaCare, one of our state’s public healthcare programs, to take care of themselves and their families. I know how important this program is, and not only will I work to protect it, I will fight to strengthen it through what’s called the “MinnesotaCare buy-in,” an option that would allow even more people to access the high-quality, affordable healthcare that MinnesotaCare provides.

 
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Accomplishments

I’m proud of what I accomplished at the legislature over my first term. The entire Duluth delegation, along with many of you raising your voices and organizing, we had some real successes for our city. Some of those victories include:

Strong infrastructure: We worked hard to bring critical infrastructure projects to Duluth. With the help of many people in Duluth and at the Capitol we were able to work across the aisle to secure real investments in Duluth’s future:

  • $15 million in funding for Phase 1 of the Duluth Steam Plant project
  • Provisions to allow funding for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
  • $27 million toward the University of Minnesota Duluth Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
  • $24 million for the St. Louis River Clean-up Project.

Strong schools: With your support, I stood up for strong schools. In addition to opposing proposed cuts that would have meant layoffs, bigger class sizes and less programming, I helped win a 2% funding increase each of the next two years. And, I also worked to ensure critical funding for pre-kindergarten will continue as well.

Investment in our local community and economy: In the tax bill, we added provisions that will enable Lincoln Park to benefit from Duluth tourism tax dollars, and strengthen investments being made in our neighborhoods.

Standing up for local control: This session we stood up for local control by stopping the “preemption” bill. In preventing this measure from going forward, I resisted attempts to remove the ability of cities to set fair labor standards for workers like earned sick time and safe time, paid family leave, and a livable wage. This bill would have been deeply damaging to our city, and I’m proud to have voiced strong opposition throughout my time at the legislature.

 

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Contact

I am currently serving my first term in the Minnesota House of Representatives and an seeking re-election for a second term. I serve on the Health and Human Services Committee, Subcommittee on Aging and Long Term Care, and State Government Finance.

 

My family and I are proud West Duluth residents raising our daughter in a neighborhood we love.  My experience lies in engaging and mobilizing diverse groups of people, especially those often left out of the political process, to shape policy solutions at the state and local level. My career has included advocacy for access to healthcare, worker protections, and ending homelessness.

 

I look forward to connecting with you. In the meantime, please check out my Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates.

 

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