ISSUES

Stopping Corporate Price Gouging

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Improve Childcare

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Expand paid leave

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Reduce Health Costs

Reinforcing Steel

Expand Overtime Pay

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Stopping Corporate Price Gouging

Minnesotans are feeling squeezed by rising prices and supply chain issues as we recover from the pandemic. While the rising cost of living has families worried about making ends meet, corporations are making record profits. Some corporations are taking advantage of the situation and are using inflation as an excuse to pad their profits by raising prices on essential items, from eggs to meat to other goods.

 

State Government can help level the playing field in order to make sure big corporations aren’t taking advantage of people. The Minnesota House passed legislation to prohibit and penalize price gouging in order to protect Minnesota families. The Minnesota Senate blocked it from becoming law.

See full bill history and vote citation here.

Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B
Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B
 
REDUCING the cost of life-saving medication.

Spending on life-saving medications in the United States continues to rise, even though Minnesotans are already paying more out of pocket today than ever before.

50% of adults in the United States have reported skipping doctor visits,  recommended tests, treatment, or prescription medicine because of the cost. 

 

In Minnesota, a proposal before the legislature would require a Prescription Drug Review Board to analyze the cost of medicine and its impact on the Minnesota health system and patients. This proposal would also allow this review board to set an upper payment limit for medicine that is determined too expensive, capping the price of that medicine for all patients in Minnesota.

See full bill history and citation here.

Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B

*This provision was included in the House Health And Human Services Omnibus Bill

The Republican controlled Senate FAILED to hold a vote on this bill.

Improving Childcare

Minnesota is home to some of the most expensive child care in the entire country. Businesses are struggling to find workers due to the lack of affordable child care for their workforce. Parents are making tough decisions regarding their family budgets while early childhood educators, teachers, and providers are struggling to make ends meet due to low wages and lack of benefits. 

 

As the cost of living continues to rise, Minnesotans have identified the cost of child care as the most expensive category in their family budget, with families paying an average of 11% of their income on child care.

 

Does your Legislator Prioritize Child Care Funding?

The Democrat controlled House of Representatives included several provisions to reduce the cost of child care in their 2022 budget proposal. 

Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B

*There were several provisions related to child care access and affordability included in the House Health And Human Services Omnibus Bill

The Republican controlled Senate FAILED to hold a vote on increasing access to affordable Child Care.

 
Expanding Paid Leave

All Minnesotans should have paid time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. 

 

 No one should ever have to decide between health and financial well-being. However, right now people across our state have to choose between caring for their sick loved ones and keeping their sole source of income. 

 

Passing state paid family & medical leave would allow every person earning a paycheck in Minnesota to have access to leave for the cost of about a cup of coffee each paycheck. This proposal is supported by a growing and broad coalition of small business owners, non-profits, health care professionals and researchers. 

 

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a state-managed paid family & medical leave program that would provide 12 weeks of paid time off to care for an ill family member, new baby, or pregnancy care. The Minnesota Senate blocked the measure from becoming law. How did your legislator vote?

 

Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B

*Paid Family and Medical Leave for ALL Minnesotans was contained in the House Jobs Omnibus Bill.

Those who voted in the affirmative were Acomb Agbaje Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman B

See full bill history here.

 

expandING overtime pay

Minnesotans are literally overworked and underpaid. Often, jobs are turned into salaried positions to avoid paying overtime to people working hard.  


Minnesotans across the state are losing out on hard-earned overtime pay year after year. It’s time to finally raise the overtime eligibility threshold and give salaried workers the raise they’ve earned long ago.

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Ending Political gerrymandering

Redistricting is a critical process to determine if our democracy will be strong and healthy.  Every ten years the government uses its census data to create boundaries that determine the quality of our representation. These boundaries will decide which political party is likely to represent our communities and take control of our state government. However, these boundaries can be rigged to give a certain population or party control, this is called gerrymandering.   

 

These political maps are ours, not the political parties and definitely not the monied interests. Minnesota can, and should, be a leader in holding an honest and transparent redistricting process that is accessible and inclusive for all Minnesotans.