Legislators hear citizen concerns at Minnesota State Capitol

About 40 Minnesota residents showed up for what DFL State Representative Alice Hausman referred to as “the first capitol open house” of the year on June 9. Within the grand House Chamber, formalities were laid aside as community leaders and local residents engaged in a round table discussion while sitting at vacant desks of legislators. They told Rep. Alice Hausman, Rep. John Lesch, and Sen. Mary Jo McGuire of their concerns about how the Republican budget plan would impact their lives. If the budget disagreements between the majority GOP legislature and DFL Governor Mark Dayton are not resolved by June 30, Minnesotans will face the a government shutdown on July 1. Gaining momentum from people voicing their concerns, the discussion ranged from tax disparities to educational funding, healthcare access, and shelter for the homeless. Continue Reading