Dear Neighbor,

It is truly an honor to represent our community of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Brooklyn Center is my home and I will never stop fighting for our community.

The 2015 legislative session was both productive and disappointing. Thankfully for Governor Dayton, the final education budget made important investments by increasing education funding by $525 million. The Public Safety Bill, which included many provisions that I chief-authored, made important and needed investments in our justice system and to combat sex trafficking.

Unfortunately, there were more missed opportunities than accomplishments. The Republican-led Minnesota House of Representatives put corporate special interests ahead of our kids. Rather than address our state's deteriorating roads and bridges, they passed "a lights on" bill that won't even maintain our roads. They failed to stop tuition increases at our public colleges and universities.

In 2016 it is so important we work with Governor Mark Dayton to make critical investments in early childhood learning, address our aging transportation infrastructure, provide economic relief for hardworking families and expand affordable healthcare coverage for our seniors, disabled and most vulnerable Minnesotans. There is clearly more work to do. I will continue to fight for DFL principles of tax fairness, job creation, high-quality education, safe neighborhoods, affordable and accessible health care, and clean air and water.

I look forward to visiting with you in the months ahead about the direction of our state and the work we must continue to do to support the hardworking people and families in our community and state.

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