A New Year, A New Day

Published 01-11-2013

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Last week, 2013 swung by as a new year. But that’s not the only new thing.
The Minnesota State Legislature started on January 8th, with a shift of 52 new legislators and new party in control of both state chambers.

Alongside that, the new legislature has announced new priorities.

Several of the new legislative leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Paul Thissen spoke today to an array of nonprofit leaders in a session line up arranged by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. They had an opportunity to outline their priorities, and took questions.

These included balancing the budget, tax reform, education and all-day kindergarten, and setting up a state health insurance exchange.

What does this mean for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing? Significant changes will be happening this year. But again and again, we heard that the legislators want to hear and learn from you. Their priority is to answer to the needs of Minnesotans, but they cannot know your needs and experiences without hearing from you.

Something else new? Brein McNamara, the Commission’s new Communications Coordinator will be more than glad to hear from you and help you communicate your concerns to your legislators. Please contact us to tell your story!