State Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Oakdale) has scheduled a town hall meeting at Woodbuty City Hall on Saturday, June 7 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. The District 53A lawmaker will open up the floor to questions and comments about the recently concluded and upcoming legislative sessions.
“I want to hear what people are interested in learning more about from last session and what legislation is most important to focus on for next session,” Ward said.
While Ward will not deliver a formal presentation, she has plans to discuss some focal points of the 2013-14 legislative session as well as some of her priorities for 2015.
Being an even year, 2014 was a traditional bonding year, and legislators made passing a final $1.17 billion bonding bill a top priority. However, Ward said this past session was one of the most productive in a generation.
Some of the highlights she listed include:
- Growing the state’s economy and creating new jobs
- Paying back the $2.8 billion in funds borrowed from schools by the previous legislature
- Making investments in education from pre-K through college
- Boosting property tax relief to middle class homeowners and renters
- Helping to create an estimated $1.16 billion budget surplusPassing new pay equity requirements and stronger workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers
Representative Ward said some of the key issues she would focus on next session would include: transportation, public health and health equity, early childhood education and restorative justice applications.
The town hall meeting is free and open to the public and will be held in the Ash and Birch rooms at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road.
— Joshua Nielsen