To the editor: 

I have a very strong maternal instinct that goes beyond my two grown daughters. I care for my great niece, and I care for the little ones at preschool. I wish I could literally take care of every child who may need it, but I can’t.

What I can do is work to ensure that every family is fully equipped to meet the needs of the children in their care. As a state, we can support families through paid family and medical leave, continuing the provider tax to fund Medicaid, fully fund education, and work towards 100% clean energy. Please join me in thanking Rep. Todd Lippert (651-296-0171) for his work to support Minnesota families, and ask Sen. Rich Draheim (651-296-5558) to encourage leadership in the Senate to prioritize Minnesota’s children instead of obstructing families’ ability to care for them.

Our state budget should reflect Minnesota values, and we value our children.

Shari Wadleigh


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