Sep 08

Schools Start, with Important Improvements

It’s that time! The kids are back on the bus, with the smell of freshly sharpened pencils in the air and the excitement of the first days of school on everyone’s minds. As we all settle back into routines after what has been a lovely summer, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a few changes that will affect this school year.

One thing we know from research – and common sense – is that great teachers make a tremendous impact on our kids’ success. If you’re like me, you can remember the wonderful teachers in your own life, as well as the dedicated and talented professionals who have taught your kids. We are fortunate to have many excellent teachers in the schools in our community and our state! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 21

We need dedicated transportation funding, and we need it sooner than later

Originally published in the Woodbury Bulletin


I am deeply disappointed the 2015 Legislative Session has adjourned without a comprehensive transportation plan. Transportation remains a top priority for me and I am determined to work across party lines – with Democrats, Republicans and the Governor– to pass a sustainable plan to address our transportation and transit needs today and into the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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