Rep. Connie Bernardy, DFL-Fridley, filed for re-election for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 41A, the community in which she grew up. The district includes Fridley, New Brighton and Spring Lake Park. Bernardy is a Spring Lake Park graduate.
Bernardy looks forward to continuing her work standing up for the working families, students, and seniors of her district. Her career has been creating community partnerships.
“We made a lot of progress in just two years,” Bernardy said. “We moved from a legislature that was stuck in gridlock and shutdown government, put wealthy interests first, and took $2.1 billion from our schools to pay off its deficit; to a legislature that worked together and made progress, put middle class families and seniors first again, and paid back our schools while investing in our students.”
“Passing the Women’s Economic Security Act, increasing the minimum wage, and initiatives to reduce property taxes and income taxes for middle class families and seniors are just a few of the highlights of the past legislative session,” Bernardy said.
She continues to work with her colleagues and the community on environmental issues such as toxic free kids, clean water, and soil initiatives.She gained needed support to secure $5 million to restore and enhance the Springbrook Nature Center.
Bernardy, who serves on the Education Finance Committee, worked with her colleagues to pay back schools in full and make strategic investments in students. She was the chief author of legislation to fund all-day kindergarten, invest in early childhood education and freeze tuition at state colleges and universities for two years.
Bernardy said she is pleased that Minnesota is now investing more in the care of seniors, those who care for them and affordable housing including property tax reduction initiatives and renters credit refund increases.
“We still have work to do together to keep moving Minnesota forward. Listening to and giving a voice to community members’ and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns is helping to make an even better Minnesota,” Bernardy said.