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.