The Minnesota Capitol will look different this next year when the Legislature begins its session. Two legislators in ProAct’s southeastern service area, State Representative Barb Haley (R-Red Wing), and State Senator Mike Goggin (R-Red Wing) will no longer hold those offices.
“We thank both of them for their service and for being advocates for ProAct and the individuals we serve,” said ProAct Case Coordinator Gloria Solsaa. With new people running for both the House and Senate roles, ProAct staff and participants took the opportunity to inform the candidates about who they are and the history of Home and Community Based Services.
“We had the opportunity to talk about how we are funded and how that has not been supported through increases in the legislative budget process at the state or federal level lately,” said Solsaa.
Almost all of the candidates accepted ProAct’s offer and came for a visit. Running for Minnesota House are Republican Pam Altendorf and Independent Roger Kittelson. Democrat Laurel Stinson is also running for House and Democrat Brad Drenckhahn for Senate. ProAct is still waiting to hear from Steve Drazkowski, a Republican running for the Senate.