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Email Update - Feb 21.pdf

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Senator Wiklund's e-mail update for February 21st
Senator Wiklund's e-mail update for February 21st

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Published by: Senator Melissa Halvorson Wiklund on Feb 21, 2013
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Senator Wiklund confers with Senator Jim Carlson(DFL-Eagan) regarding is-sues affecting engineers inMinnesota. Sens. Wiklundand Carlson both share abackground in engineering.
After a lengthy debate, the Sen-ate passed a bill that wouldexpand medical assistance toMinnesotans up to 138% of thefederal poverty level. As Istated in my last update, this is agreat bill that will help manyMinnesotans. Since the Househad already passed it, the bill
went on to Governor Dayton’s
desk, and he signed it into lawon Tuesday.Beyond the MA expansion, mostof the action in the Senate hasbeen in committees. With thefirst committee deadline rapidlyapproaching, committees areworking hard to get bills heardand voted on. This week, I hada bill before the Health, HumanServices, and Housing commit-tee that would reform how theMinnesota Council on Disability
is able to do their work. I’ll also
be carrying several bills pro-posed by state agencies anddepartments to make theirwork easier, and to updatesome language to make agenciesrun more smoothly.
I’m also thrilled to be a co
-author on S.F. 379, which wouldrequire manufacturers to stopusing Bisphenol-A (BPA) in allfood packaging intended forchildren less than 12 years oldwithin a year. Studies haveshown that BPA can have seri-ous negative health effects onyoung children, and I am excitedto be working on this bill thatwill protect kids all over Minne-sota.In both the Education and E-12Finance committees, we re-cently heard several proposalsfor increases in state aid forschool lunch programs. Oneproposal calls for raising thestate contribution for all school
Session continues as bills work through CommitteesTax Discussions Continue
A variety of tax proposals arebeing discussed at the Capitolthese days. I am fortunate to beable to work closely with Rep.Lenczewski who chairs theHouse Tax committee. I willalso be meeting with the Com-missioner of the MinnesotaDepartment of Revenue, MyronFrans, to discuss how we canensure that we are able to makethe investments in our state thatwe need. Our tax system is inserious need of reform. In addi-tion to relying on unsteadysources of revenue, lower andmiddle income Minnesotansoften end up paying a largerpercentage in taxes than theirhigher income neighbors. I amhopeful we can make our taxesmore stable and more fair.
Stay in touch! My contactinformation, and the infor-mation for the Housemembers from our districtis on the left, please feelfree to contact my office with any questions, com-ments, or concerns youmight have. I work for you,and the more I hear fromyou, the better I can do so!
303 State Capitol75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.St. Paul, MN 55155www.senate.mn/senatorwiklund
Bloomington, RichfieldFebruary 21, 2013
Capitol Update
February 21, 2013
I serve on the followingcommittees: Health, Hu-man Services, and Hous-ing, Education, E-12 Fi-nance, State & Local Gov-ernment
I’m continuing my work 
on Early Childhood aspart of a working groupthrough the Educationcommittee
I’m also working with
Reps. Lenczewski andSlocum on legislation thatwill benefit Bloomingtonand Richfield
How to contact meat the Capitol:Phone:
Rep. LindaSlocum (50A):
Rep. AnnLenczewski (50B):
lunches from 12 to 14 cents, theother would have the statecover the entire cost of reducedprice lunches for low-incomefamilies. Research has shown astrongly positive link betweennutrition and student achieve-ment, and I am eager to con-tinue working on this issue andbetter serving all Minnesotapublic school students.

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