MN Legislature

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In 2017, the number of young Minnesotans using tobacco rose for the first time in 17 years due to a surge in e-cigarette use. Since then, the crisis has only gotten worse. According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, 26.4 percent of Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That represents a 54 percent increase from the 2016 survey. Usage rates also climbed among 8th and 9th graders.

On Making Sausage Thursday mornings we talk about the messy business of politics.  This week DFL commentator Colleen Nardone was in - and we talked insulin prices with Senate Minority Leader from Cook - DFLer Tom Bakk. 

This year in the MN Legislature there was a bill to let the voters decide in 2020 if  Equal Rights Amendment to the MN Constitution should be added.  It did not pass. 

Our longtime DFL commentator Colleen Nardone has been around for a lot of discussion about women and the Equal Rights Amendment - she joined us on Making Sausage.

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

Last week we talked with MN Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman - Brooklyn Park (DFL) about what she thinks got accomplished this session - and what is LEFT to accomplish including holding pharmaceutical companies accountable as well as insulin prices. 

Read MinnPost's Peter Callaghan's article here.

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Today on Making Sausage we talked with DFL commentator Colleen Nardone and Grand Village Executive Director Kyle Hedlund.  Colleen has a long history with how the legislative process works and talked about what budget targets the DFL was happy for, and what may have been better.  The session ended Monday night, but lots more work to be done in conference committee and a special session.

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