May 13

Let’s Get FIT with a Bill to Benefit Woodbury Workers

As a Woodbury resident and someone who understands the importance of good health, I’m proud to have signed onto the Get FIT bill, which would give Minnesota’s small-and medium-sized businesses an incentive and the tools to create workplace wellness programs. Anytime Fitness, which has chosen Woodbury as its new home and corporate headquarters location, has teamed up with legislators in developing this important bill, which has been included in the Senate Omnibus Tax Bill. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to exercise when you’re juggling work and family life, so promoting worksite wellness options for employees – ultimately creating a healthier workforce and lowering health care costs – is not only convenient, it’s conducive to living well. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 16

Another Year, Another Legislative Session, Another Opportunity for Progress

We’ve made it to the 2015 Legislative Session, and I’ll begin by saying that I am honored to work toward progress for my constituents and all Minnesotans and to be a part of a larger team that includes local leaders at all levels: county, city and school district. Each of these groups works throughout the year to identify areas where state law can be updated or improved to help serve our communities at the local level, and they will be meeting with us legislators to present their legislative requests and priorities. As in the past two sessions, I very much look forward to hearing these requests and partnering with them to craft and pass effective legislation to better serve communities in my district as well as around Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Why I’m Working to Expand School Counseling Services

Originally published in the Woodbury Bulletin

When I think back to my days as a student, I remember the importance and value of the school counselor – the academic guidance, the career path advice, the comfort of knowing I had somebody to just talk to. The direct services provided by a school counselor are what help students develop academically, mentally, and socially, paving the way for students to enter adulthood with peace of mind as they set out on their chosen paths.

I remember what my high school counselor meant to me. She told me to pick my dream school, pick a safe school, pick schools in between, and understand my options – advice I’ve passed along to others over the years. I know how important positive guidance is Minnesota students, which is why I’m determined to pass legislation to expand school counseling services in the upcoming session. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

Gateway took ‘big step’ at Legislature

Originally published by Mike Longanecker, Woodbury Bulletin

Local lawmakers said the Gateway Corridor project picked up momentum this year at the Legislature, even though it didn’t receive the dedicated bonding money originally sought.

The east metro transit project could receive state dollars, but that will be up to the Metropolitan Council – the entity that received $15 million to be divvied up among metro transportation projects at its discretion.

Woodbury-area lawmakers had sought $5 million to fund environmental studies and preliminary engineering for the project, which would connect Woodbury with St. Paul’s Union Depot through a dedicated transitway serviced by either light rail or high-speed buses. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Senator Kent: Why I supported raising the minimum wage

When Governor Dayton signed the new minimum wage into law on April 14, it was the culmination of an extensive process of working toward a policy that will benefit Minnesota. It has also been an extensive process for me, as I have spent considerable time and effort speaking with constituents and business owners, as well as researching the issue to understand the impact for our state and my district. In the end, I believe this process has worked well, resulting in a policy that will continue our progress in building a strong economic future for Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

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