Plus …Minnesota House approves paid family leave bill.
☀️ Sun and clouds mixed. High temperatures near 70. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to extreme fire risk for most of the state.
🏛️ Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan will join SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony and a discussion on federal and state partnerships to grow and support Minnesota’s small businesses.
🏬 Rep. Dean Phillips will host Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman for a tour of Asia Mall in Eden Prairie. The stop is part of the Biden Administration’s National Small Business Week tour. The Mall opened in late November of 2022.
🏆 Two more FOX 9 Top Teachers will receive their awards today! As a FOX 9 Top Teacher, winners will receive $1,000 from Royal Credit Union for classroom supplies. Papa Murphy’s will also provide them with a pizza party for up to 30 people.
What happens to a teen caught stealing a car in Minneapolis?
In Minneapolis, the city used to see 200 vehicles stolen in a year. Now, it’s 200 stolen a week.
When a juvenile is arrested, the officer decides if they meet the criteria to be brought in.
Intake staff does a risk assessment and assigns a certain number of points based on the offense. A youth can receive a score from 3 to 28 points. A score of 15 or more means the youth is held.
The scores for juveniles are based on several factors. Focusing on stolen cars, that’s six points. After that, age, prior cases, cases of failing to appear, and pending cases are all considered. With only a six-point offense, many of the kids in these latest cases are going home. Violent offenses are an automatic stay at the juvenile detention center.
Space at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is not an issue. There are 87 beds, and on a typical day, there are 35 juveniles held. One mom said her eleven-year-old was involved in a crash a few weeks ago. He then tried to steal a car Monday night and was arrested. And although she begged the JDC to keep him to face consequences, she was asked to pick him up and bring him home a short time later.
Minnesota House approves paid family leave bill
The HF 2 bill was passed Tuesday night on a 68 to 64 vote.
The bill would now allow up to 12 weeks of partial payments each year to people who need family bonding with a new child or who have a serious medical condition.
When Gen Zers think about moving to a different state, access to paid family medical leave is one of their top considerations, according to Minnesota House Democrats. So the DFL is trying to make the state more attractive.
“The goal of this plan is to extend the most even safety net across the entire state,” said Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, the author of HF 2.
The public plan would start distributing benefits in July 2025 while Republicans say their private plan could start this coming January.
But some business owners still believe the public plan is better than any private option.
“The best option would cost 50% more than this proposal, offers only 6 weeks off, excludes coverage for cancer, no maternity leave for adoption, no paternity leave, and would require a health screening, said Sarah Piepenburg, who owns Vinaigrette, a health foods store in Minneapolis.
Things to do this week
Opening Day at the Market:
Mill City Farmer’s Market, Minneapolis
May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Farmers, makers, and artists of all kinds will be at the first outdoor market of the season with fresh local groceries, delicious prepared food and drinks, and handcrafted artisan products.
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