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Educators get active during legislative session

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The 2022 Minnesota legislative session continues, as lawmakers work on bills and policies, including spending the state’s $9.3 billion surplus.

Education Minnesota members have been testifying on bills throughout the start of session, such as our ESP Bill of Rights which would give support professionals a $25 minimum wage, dedicated training and more. There has also been a big focus on mental health in schools at the Capitol, including dedicated funding for licensed school nurses, counselors, psychologist and social workers.

The Minnesota House passed the Frontline Worker Pay Bill, which would give all essential workers access to $1,500 as a way to thank them for helping keep our state running during the pandemic. To qualify for the payment, someone must have worked at least 120 hours between March, 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021, and fall under income limits of $85,000 for individuals or $185,000 for married taxpayers.

As of press time, that bill has not had a hearing in the Senate.

Stay up to date on what’s happening at the Capitol on Education Minnesota’s social media channels and with the weekly Capitol Connection e-newsletter which is sent to all members.

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