House Health and Human Services Finance Committee 3/21/18

>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DEAN: THE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. WE DO NOT HAVE A.


>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DEAN: THE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. WE DO NOT HAVE A QUARTER WE WILL HAVE AN INFORMATIONAL HEARING TODAY ON THREE BELLS. FIRST HOUSE BUILT WE HAVE IS 30 TO 11. REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT IS HERE WITH HOUSE FILE 30 TO 11. REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT PLEASE INTRODUCE YOUR BILL AND YOUR TESTIFIERS>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR HOUSE FILE 30 TO 11 IS ONE OF THE MOST RELEVANT APPROPRIATIONS WE CAN MAKE THIS SESSION. IF YOU WILL; FOR THE SAKE OF MY CONVERSATION JUST CONSIDER THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO ARE IN CRISIS TODAY. THINK ABOUT THE NEED THAT THEY HAVE THINK ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO SOLICIT ASSISTANCE FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO HELP THEM UP AND OUT OF THEIR CRISIS AND LOVE ON THEM AND THEIR KIDS AND GIVE THEM A FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER. THAT BEING SAID; PERSPECTIVES IS ONE OF THOSE ENTITIES THAT IS I THINK ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS OF PUTTING ACTION IN PLACE FOR WHAT I JUST DESCRIBED. I HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION WITH ME TODAY AND I’M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE HE R PRESENT PERSPECTIVES TO YOU. MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DEAN: WHAT WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>TESTIFIER: I AM THE CEO AND PRESIDENT OF PERSPECTIVES. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT FOR ASKING US TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THE FASTEST GROWING POPULATION I THINK YOU PROBABLY ARE AWARE OF HOMELESSNESS AND WOMEN WITH CHILDREN AND PERSPECTIVES HAS BEEN WORKING WITH A POPULATION PROBABLY LONGER THAN MOST OF THE AGENCIES RIGHT AFTER THE MCKINNEY-BILL WAS PASSED WE PURCHASED OUR FIRST TWO APARTMENTS IN ST. LOUIS PARK THAT HOUSED AT THAT TIME 22. WE HAD A STANDING TO A WHOLE CAMPUS NOW OF 52 WOMEN IN OVER 100 CHILDREN THAT WE ARE HOUSING AND THAT HAVE BEEN STAYING WITH US FOR TWO YEARS AND WE LEARNED VERY QUICKLY THAT IT TAKES MORE THAN A HOUSE TO REALLY SOLVE THE ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS BECAUSE AT THE CORE OF THOSE ISSUES ARE TRAUMA AND MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION PARTS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS EVEN MORE SO. NOW; ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO; 20-20 YEARS AGO; A MILE DOWN THE ROAD WE PURCHASED A FAMILY CENTER AND WE WERE ABLE THEN TO START TO WORK NOT ONLY WITH THE MOMS BUT WITH THE CHILDREN. PERSPECTIVES MISSION IS TO BREAK THE CYCLE. WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BREAK THE CYCLE WHEN THE CHILDREN LIKE DEER IN HEADLIGHTS AND SO MUCH TRAUMA THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO EVEN HAVE THEM WORK IN SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY WERE BEING KICKED OUT OF THE SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF THEIR BEHAVIOR. SO WE DEVELOPED A FAMILY CENTER AND WE DID AN EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM THAT NOW HAS KIDS CAFÉ AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING 12 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU A REAL QUICK VIDEO . IT JUST 60 SECONDS. A KIND OF GIVES YOU A LITTLE BIT OF OUR DAY IN PERSPECTIVE.>>[VIDEO].. PERSPECTIVES IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE HOLISTIC PROGRAMS IN THE NATION. FOR OVER 40 YEARS WE DEVELOPED AND LIMITED SERVICES WHICH PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES HEALING DIGNITY AND HOPE TO THOUSANDS OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN STRUGGLING WITH THE TRAUMA ASSOCIATED WITH HOMELESSNESS ADDICTION AND NATURAL MENTAL ILLNESS AND A SUPPORTIVE HOUSING THE LARGEST IN THE MIDWEST PROVIDES FULL Y FURNISHED APARTMENT TO OUR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN WRAPAROUND SERVICES INCLUDE CASE MANAGEMENT EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS; TRANSPORTATION AND NUTRITIONAL AND CULINARY PROGRAMS CALLED KIDS CAFÉ.>>I CAN SPEAK ENOUGH ABOUT HOW GREAT THIS PLACE IS. I JUST WISH THAT THERE WAS ONE IN EVERY SINGLE CITY SO THAT MORE PEOPLE COULD BE HELPED IN THE WAY THAT WE ARE BEING HELPED.>>TESTIFIER: SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF PHASES IN THE BONDING BILL. PERSPECTIVES WAS ABLE TO GET 300 $600;000 PRE-DESIGN BILL WHICH NOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR PACKETS YOU CAN SEE THE ARCHITECTURE SCHEMATIC OF THE NEW BUILDING THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD. TRAUMA INFORMED AN D ARE MEANT TO WORK AND FAMILIES WHICH IS THE ONLY BEST EVIDENCE PRACTICE OF WORKING WITH FAMILIES WITHIN WITH SUCH LONG-TERM TRAUMA TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALSO DON’T BE TRAUMATIZING. THIS BILL THAT THIS YEAR IS A $4 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION; TO COMPLETE THE SECOND PHASE OF BUILDING THE ACTUAL BUILDING. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE AS OUR HONORARY CHAIR OF THI S CAMPAIGN EMERSON AND TIFFANY GRIFFIN WE HAVE WITH US TODAY EMERSON AND HE WILL SPEAK ON BEHALF OF PERSPECTIVES WE FELT THAT IF WERE GOING TO THROW THE BALL TO HIM RIGHT NOW AND LET HIM CARRY IT. [LAUGHING]>>CHAIR DEAN: WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>TESTIFIER: EMERSON GRIFFIN. I THINK THE MAJOR OF THE GOALS HERE AT PERSPECTIVES IS WITH A NEW BUILDING RESOURCES FOR THE KIDS. THE BIGGER THE BUILDING THE NEWER IT IS; YOU RESOURCES TO HELP THE KIDS. THERE IS MOMS OUT THERE I CAME FROM A SINGLE-PARENT HOME THERE’S MONEY OUT THERE THAT STRUGGLING BUT I THINK IF WE COULD CATCH THE KIDS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION AND WITH THIS BUILDING YOU COULD GIVE THE KIDS MORE ACTIVITIES BIGGER KIDS CAFÉ. MORE INVOLVEMENT THEY CAN HAVE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND CUT GETS TWO MONTHS IN A CERTAIN WAY THAT THEY NEED HELP WITH. I THINK THE GOAL IS TO JUST HELP THEM WHEN THE STRUGGLE THEY ARE IN AND TO GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES; THE OUTLETS; FOR THE KIDS. TO PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE. I WALKED IN AND FOR A THANKSGIVING DINNER AND I WAS THERE TALKING TO THE KIDS AND THE ONLY THING HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT IS HIS MAMA. WHERE’S MY MAMA? I YOU KNOW; THAT WOULD BE ME. WHERE’S MY MOM. WHATEVER WE CAN DO FOR THE KIDS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS BECAUSE THERE ARE OUR FUTURE AND I HAVE THREE OF THEM MYSELF I DO ANYTHING FOR THEM. WHATEVER WE CAN DO FOR THE KIDS SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS IS ONE IS ABOUT THE KIDS AND HELPING THE MOMS AT THE SAME TIME.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANKS FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS; THIS IS I THINK A REFLECTION OF WHAT WE ARE OUR CORE BEST AT DOING AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE IN CRISIS TO HELP THEMSELVES MOVE ON TO A BETTER PLACE. WE HAVE HEARD IN THIS COMMITTEE AND OTHERS OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO ABOUT TRAUMA INFORMED PLACES; SAFE PLACES REPRESENTATIVE MO RAN THINKS BROKE VERY VERY WELL TO IT LAST WEEK AT THIS AN EXTENSION OF THAT. THIS FAR TOO MANY FAMILIES IN CRISIS. THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THEM AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY; THOSE CHILDREN; WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENC E LET’S GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.>>CHAIR DEAN: ALL RIGHT. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WOULD LIKE TO TESTIFY ON THIS BILL? SEEING NONE;MEMBERS; DISCUSSION. ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS? I JUST HAD REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE>>REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE: MR. CHAIR; JUST TO CLARIFY THIS IS NOT GOING THROUGH THIS COMMITTEE. THIS IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY AND THIS IS THEN GOING TO BE GOING INTO THE BONDING COMMITTEE?>>CHAIR DEAN: THAT IS CORRECT REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE CAN WE DON’T VOTE ON INDIVIDUAL BILLS AFFIRMATIVELY AND PASS THEM WE HEAR THEM; GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO TESTIFY ON INDIVIDUAL BILLS AND THEN THE BONDING COMMITTEE CAN PICK UP BILLS ANYWHERE THE Y LIKE WHEN THEY SYMBOL THE BILL BUT THIS GETS THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN.>>REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DEAN: REPRESENTATIVE LIEBLING>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEBLING: I’M CURIOUS ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM. I KNOW WE ARE NOT HERE THAT FORT AND I’M JUST WONDERING WHAT THE FUNDING STREAMS ARE THAT ARE SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM?>>TESTIFIER: OUR OPERATING BILL IS 50% GOVERNMENT THEY ARE BIG FUNDER OF OUR PROGRAM. ALSO; THE STATE AND HENNEPIN COUNTY IS PROBABLY OUR LARGEST FUNDER. AS FAR AS OUR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM WE TOOK A LITTLE WITH UNITED WEIGHT NEXT YEAR WHEN I DROPPED READING MY THIRD GRADE I WAS OVER $100;000 IN THE STATE PROGRAM DID NOT REFUND 20% OR BECAUSE OUR POPULATION DOES NOT MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE LOTS LOTS OF [INAUDIBLE] FOR THAT. WE ARE A GREAT FUNDRAISERS. COMMUNITY HAS SUPPORTED US TO THE EXTENT OF DOING A FUNDRAISER EVERY YEAR WITH JUST 300 PEOPLE. WE OVER $530;000 FOUNDATIONS; TARGET A BIG FUNDER 150;000 CARGILL 100;000 AND SO WEAR OUT-WE HAVE TO RAISE EVERY YEAR OVER $1 MILLION. JUST FOR OPERATING BUT WE HAVE BEEN PRETTY SUCCESSFUL AND WEEPING IN THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 25 YEARS IN THE ST. LOUIS PARK EXCELLENT REPUTATION; STELLAR REPUTATION IN A MULTIDISCIPLINARY STAFF THAT IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY.>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEBLING: THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON. IT’S GREAT TO KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY IS SO CONCERNED AND WILLING TO SUPPORT THE OPERATION. YOU SAID; 60% ITS GOVERNMENT TO ASSUME A LOT OF THAT IS MEDICAID WERE MINNESOTA MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND SOME OF IT->>TESTIFIER: WE ARE LIGHT ON THE. A MEDICAL BILLING BECAUSE OF OUR POPULATION. THEY DON’T ALWAYS COME WITH THAT IN PLACE AND MEDICAL BILLING OF COURSE IS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND CD AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO EXPAND. WE JUST DON’T HAVE THE ROOM TO BRING MORE PEOPLE INTO OUR-HOUR R ULE 31 OUTPATIENT TREATMENT BUT WE NEED MORE SPACE FOR THAT. WE NEED MORE SPACE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE CHILDREN WERE COMING WERE SO TRAUMATIZED. IT TAKES SIX WEEKS; THREE MONTHS; TO GET INTO PROGRAMS FOR KIDS WHO ARE COMING IN ARE IN CRISIS AT THAT TIME WE DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCE SO WE ARE TRYING TO CREATE THOSE RESOURCES. WE REALLY ARE A ONE-STOP SHOP SO WHEN A FAMILY COMES AND THE FAMILY STAYS FOR TWO YEARS. SO THAT IS KEY TO CHANGING A FAMILY AND PUTTING-WE ALWAYS SAID YOU CAN GET THEM OFF THE STREETS BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM BACK ON THEIR FEET. SO THAT IS OUR BIGGEST WORK IS TO MAKE SURE –OVER 80% OF OUR WOMEN AND FAMILIES RETURN AFTER TWO YEARS TO PERMANENT HOUSING. IS THERE STABILIZED AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH THEM THE MENTAL ILLNESS AND CHEMICAL ISSUES. SO THAT IS-I MEAN THAT’S OUR MOTTO. FROM WHAT WE HAVE HEARD IN THE NATIONAL MODEL. WE DON’T KNOW IF OTHER SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAMS THAT HAVE THAT WRAPAROUND SERVICE AND A FAMILY CENTER CONNECTED TO IT LIKE WE HAVE.>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEBLING: THANK YOU>>CHAIR DEAN: WE DO NOW HAVE A QUORUM SO WE WILL OFFICIALLY CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND REPRESENTATIVE ZERWAS MOVES APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 2 ANY ADDITIONS CORRECTIONS? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED; NAY. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED. TO MS. SMITH WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TRAUMA INFORMED ENVIRONMENTS FOR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES ONE OF THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT AND CHILDCARE IS THIS A LICENSED CHILDCARE THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN THE FACILITY AND ARE THE PARENTS PRESENT DURING THE DAY OR HOW DOES THAT WORK?>>TESTIFIER: THE NEW EXPANSION OF OUR BUILDING WILL WILL HAVE 4000 FT. DESIGNATED FOR EARLY CHILDHOO D DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL BE A TRAUMA INFORMED PROGRAM. RIGHT NOW; WE ARE TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN AND THE MOM IS ON SITE FOR TREATMENT. SO WE DON’T NEED THAT LICENSE BECAUSE THE MOM IS THERE. BUT WE WILL BECOME IN THE NEW BUILDING A EARLY CHILDHOOD LICENSE PROGRAM.>>CHAIR DEAN: I DO UNDERSTAND THERE IS A DIFFERENT NEEDS FOR KIDS WHO ARE COMING FROM SITUATIONS OF TRAUMA AND I DESIGNED SEVERAL DAYCARE CENTERS AND THE FIRST ONE THAT I DID FOR KIDS AT RISK THE DIFFERENT NEEDS AROUND THAT IN THE CONNECTION WITH PARENTS PARTICULARLY; THE MONTH DURING THE DAY MOMS IN THE SUBURBAN CENTERS THAT I HAD WORKED WITH DROP THEM OFF AT THE CURB AND HIGH-FIVE IN ON YOUR WAY BUT NOT SO FROM KIDS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A HIGHER NEED BACK GROUND OR KIDS WITH TRAUMA TO THE MOMS DID NOT WANT TO JUST HAND THEM OFF AND THEY NEEDED TO STICK AROUND AND FEEL COMFORTABLE AND HAVE CONNECTION DURING THE DAY SO WHEN YOU SAY TRAUMA INFORMED ON THAT; I UNDERSTAND THAT HAS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF HOW YOU DESIGN IT; HOW YOU OPERATED AND SO APPRECIATE THAT.>>TESTIFIER: YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. BEECHER DENA FURTHER DISCUSSION?>>CHAIR DEAN: FURTHER DISCUSSION? FINAL WORD REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT SPIEL RATE>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: IT’S TESTIMONY FOR VERY COMPELLING CAUSE MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. ALL RIGHT. REPRESENTATIVE MILLER REPRESENTATIVE MILLER HAS HOUSE FILE 33 A. REPRESENTATIVE MILLER WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. I UNDERSTAND YOU GOT SOME TESTIFIERS.>>REPRESENTATIVE MILLER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR I DO I WILL BE BRIEF BECAUSE I THINK THE TESTIFIERS CAN TELL THE STORY BY THAN I CAN.>>CHAIR DEAN: I’M SURE THEY COULD>>REPRESENTATIVE MILLER: I DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU GIVE US THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE BUT THE ONLY THING I WILL SAY IS THIS COMMITTEE THIS LEGISLATURE HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE SA FE HARBOR WORK THAT’S BEEN DONE IN THE STATE. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW; THIS IS WHAT I OFTEN TELL PEOPLE I SEE THE BAD NEWS IS THAT MINNESOTA HAS A REAL PROBLEM WITH SEX TRAFFICKING PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO YOUTH. THE GOOD NEWS IS MINNESOTA HAS TAKEN THE LEAD IN THE NATION IN ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM SO THE REASON WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY IS FOLKS WERE DOING A GOOD JOB IN MINNESOTA BUT WHEN WE DO A GOOD JOB IN MINNESOTA THAT MEANS THAT WE TAKE T RAFFIC CHILDREN OFF THE STREETS AWAY FROM THE PIMPS AND IT WAS A PLACE. THOSE A PLACES ARE RUNNING OUT OF SPACE FOR THEM SAFE PL AND SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR FINANCE FOR BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE NEEDS FROM THE THREE OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATIONS WHO ADDRESS THIS ON A DAILY BASIS THERE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS AND WITH THAT I’M GOING TO HAND OVER THE TESTIMONY TO EACH OF THESE THREE ORGANIZATIONS. THANK YOU MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE MILLER AND THANK YOU TO THE TESTIFIERS FOR COMING TO THE COMMITTEE TODAY. PLEASE; COME FORWARD AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND WHERE YOU ARE FROM AND SPEAK IN WHATEVER ORDER YOU WOULD LIKE.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE CAN MY NAME IS BETH AMBROSE BUT I WORK FOR THE ORGANIZATION CALLED THE LINK WITH SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE WERE FOUNDED BY TWO FORMER MINNESOTA VIKINGS PLAYERS JIM MARSHALL AND OSCAR REED. WE ARE A YOUTH LED ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES JUVENILE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS; HOUSING AND PROGRAMMING YOUTH EXPENSING HOMELESSNESS AND SHELTER HOUSING AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH WHO HAVE EXPENSE SEX TRAFFICKING IN COORDINATION WITH OUR STATE SAFE HARBOR LAW. WE TRULY APPRECIATE AND THANK ALL OF YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SAFE HARBOR LAW THE FUNNY THAT WHEN TO AFFECT AND I HAVE SEEN MANY MANY FACES HERE REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON; PINTO; FISCHER; OBVIOUSLY CHAIR DEAN THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. REPRESENTATIVE MILLER; ROSEN; WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT YOU’VE GIVEN US THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND THIS YEAR ON THIS BILL. THE REASON THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY IS ALTHOUGH IT’S BEEN AMAZING AND WONDERFUL THAT THE LEGISLATURE IS DEDICATED FUNDING FOR THE TRAINING AND ONGOING SUPPORT OF SERVICES FOR SAFE HARBOR THE ONE THING THAT WE DO NOT HAVE YET IS AN ALLOCATION FROM GOVERNMENT TO HELP WITH THE CAPITAL. WHICH MEANS THAT EVEN THOUGH WE ARE TO PROVIDE SHELTER AND HOUSING AS PROVIDERS; IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO RAISE 100% OF THE FUNDING NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER WAREHOUSING FOR TRAFFIC YOUTH PRIVATELY. MANY OF THE PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS AND THEY DEFINITELY ARE SUPPORTING US BUT DON’T GET ME WRONG BUT THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE 80% OF THE FUNDING FIRST THEY OFTENTIMES DO NOT WANT TO FUND THE ENTIRE BUILDING. SO WHAT WE ARE HOPING TO DO TODAY IS TO BE ABLE TO REALLY GAIN YOUR SUPPORT IN PROVIDING CAPITAL FUNDING WERE A PORTION OF THE CAPITAL FUNDING NEEDED FOR OURSELVES AS A LINK AS WELL AS OUR PARTNERS ARE VERY CLOSE PARTNERS LIKE LIGHTHOUSE IN DULUTH AND [INAUDIBLE] THE THREE OF US ALL PROVIDE CRITICALLY NEEDED SHELTER FOR AND HOUSING FOR SIX TRAFFIC YOUTH. SO FAR WHAT WE BEEN ABLE TO DO THANKFULLY HIS WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO FIND TEMPORARY PLACES TO PROVIDE SHELTER FOR SIX TRAFFIC YOUTH THROUGH LEASES OR RENTAL AGREEMENT WITH THINGS LIKE THAT. THE LINK IS GETTING A LOT OF PRESSU RE THOUGH; BASICALLY A RENTAL AGREEMENT IS COMING TO AN END HERE PRETTY SOON AND SO WE ARE CONTINUING TO TRY TO FUND RAISE. THE LINK LIKE I SAID WE HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD TO FUND RAISE AND WE DO HAVE SOME SUPPORT FROM THE CARLSON FAMILY FOUNDATION AS WELL AS CORPORATIONS SUCH AS CUMBERLAND INDIVIDUAL DONORS AND ALSO VERY EXCITING THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED WITH WE HAVE THE SUPPORT IF WE ARE IN TO PURCHASE OUR BUILDING WE ARE CURRENTLY IN; FOR PROVIDING SIX TRAFFIC SHELTER FOR YOUTH; THEN MALL OF AMERICA HAS AN IN-KIND CONSTRUCT HIM TO BUILD ON AN ADDITIONAL 10 UNITS OF HOUSING SO NOT ONLY WITH THIS INVESTMENT BE ABLE TO HELP US SUSTAIN THE SIX EMERGENCY SHELTER BEDS FOR 12-17-YEAR-OLDS AND THE FIVE UNITS OF HOUSING FOR 60-24-YEAR-OLD ALL 11 SUCKS TRAFFIC IN OUR STATE ALSO HELP US TO INCREASE ESSENTIALLY NEARLY DOUBLE THE BEDS THAT WE HAVE THERE RIGHT NOW TO THE IN-KIND PARTNERSHIP DONATION OF THE MALL OF AMERICA. THE OTHER THING I LIKE TO DO JUST GIVE YOU KIND OF EXAMPLE OF WHY THIS IS SO CRITICALLY NEEDED. I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF STORIES OF THE YOUTHFUL BEEN HELPED BY OUR PASSAGE WAY SHELTER. NONE OF THEM IS A WHITE YOUNG BOY 16 YEARS OLD HIM ONE OF THE SOUTHWEST SUBURBS HE WAS RECRUITED ONLINE AS MANY UNFORTUNATE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WAS RECRUITED ONLINE BY A TRAFFICKER AND A PIMP FROM A DIFFERENT STATE AND WAS GROOMED AND BASICALLY RECRUITED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING THAT WAY. WHAT HAPPEN IN A PARTICULAR SITUATION THANKFULLY WAS THAT ONE OF THE FAMILY -ONE OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY CONTACTED US AT THE LINK AND SAID; WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THIS YOUNG PERSON CO ULD WE THINK HE’S BEEN SEX TRAFFIC IT TURNED OUT HE WAS PRETTY CAME TO OUR EMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAM WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THERAPY IN A FAMILY—ALSO GET INFORMATION FROM HIM ABOUT HIS TRAFFICKER WHO THEN WE WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH A LAW ENFORCEMENT ON. NOT ONLY WERE WE ABLE TO PROVIDE HEALING FOR THAT VICTIM AND FAMILY REUNIFICATION HE WAS REUNIFIED WITH HIS FATHER BUT ALSO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT GET A TRAFFICKER CONVICTED OF TRAFFICKING OF A MINOR ACROSS STATE LINES. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS A YOUNG PERSON AT BASICAL LY WAS BORN INTO A SITUATION WHERE BOTH OF THE PARENTS WERE ADDICTED TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUGS. THE MOTHER WAS ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE LIFE WERE IN SEX TRAFFICKING AND HER FATHER WAS TRYING TO DO THE BEST HE COULD TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR HER BUT WAS STRUGGLING WITH A LOT OF ADDICTION ISSUES. SO ONE DAY SHE WAS ONLY IN FIFTH GRADE ; 11 YEARS OLD SHE BECAME FRIENDS WITH ANOTHER GIRL AT HER SCHOOL. THE GIRL AT HER SCHOOL YOU SHOULD COME OVER TO MY HOUSE TODAY AFTER SCHOOL SHE DID THAT AND THEN UNFORTUNATELY HER FRIEND WAS BEING TRAFFICKED BY FAMILY MEMBERS COULD GO STANLE Y MEMBERS SEEM FAMILY MATTERS RECRUITED HER INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AT AGE 11. SO; THAT WAS HER LIFE STORY AT THE AGE 11 AND SIX TRAFFIC FIRST TO HER FAMILY FRIENDS AND THEN THROUGH OTHER TRAFFICKING -OTHER TRAFFICKERS BUT SHE WENT TO OUR HOUSING PROGRAM AND IS TODAY OUT OF THE LIFE. SHE’S NOT ADDICTED TO DRUGS ANYMORE. SHE IS GOING TO THERAPY. SHE IS GOING TO SCHOOL AND FINISHING UP AND SHE’S WORKING ON POSTSECONDARY DEGREE AND ALSO EMPLOYED BY THE LINK IS ONE OF OUR YOUTH ADVISORY MEMBERS. SO AT ANY RATE; THIS PROVIDING FUNDING TO SHELTERS SUCH AS THE LINK PASSAGEWAY PROGRAM WERE LIGHTHOUSE IN DULUTH OR HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH IT IS CHANGING LIVES. IT’S PROVIDING SUPPORT AND HEALING FOR YOUTH THAT NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN HAVE BEEN SEX TRAFFIC . THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND WE JUST URGE YOU TO HELP US TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS TO SUSTAIN WHAT WE CURRENTLY ARE DOING AS WELL AS EXPAND ING WHAT WE CAN DO MORE. SO WE JUST ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE 3388 AND AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SU PPORT AND THE TIME TO TESTIFY TODAY. WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUES.>>CHAIR DEAN: WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS KEISHA STEWART ON THE SAFE HARBOR [INAUDIBLE] I WAS LIKE TO AT THE FACT THAT HAVING WORKED WITH THIS POPULATION FOR THE LAST 3.5 YEARS WHEN THE GREATEST ASSETS OF OUR PROGRAM THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN ONE BUILDING ON-SITE AND THIS POPULATION OF YOUTH IS HIGHLY MOBILE WHEN THEIR TRAUMA RESPONSE OF THEY LEAVE. SO; FOR US IT’S GREAT TO HAVE ADULT SERVICES ON-SITE; EDUCATION ON-SITE. ALCOHOL AND CODEPENDENCY COUNSELORS ON-SITE AS WELL SURVIVOR MENTORS FOR US; BEING IN THE BUILDING THEY OPERATE TWO DIFFERENT PROGRAMS MANY OF OUR YOUTH START OFF IN THE SHELTER THEY DO A GOOD JOB THERE THEY LEAVE AND COME BACK IN FOR A VARIETY OF [INAUDIBLE] CAN COME FROM THAT BUT WHEN THE GRACES ASSETS THE BUILDING THAT WE ARE IN NOW IS THAT OFTENTIMES THE YOUTH THAT ARE IN THE SHELTER LOOK UP TO THE YOUTH BETTER ON THE HOUSE INSIDE. THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THAT LEVEL OF STABILITY. THEY LOOK FORWARD TO INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GAIN WHILE THEY ARE IN OUR PROGRAM AND THEY OFTEN SHARE WITH US THAT IF I DO NOT HAVE THIS LEVEL OF SUPPORT AROUND THE EYE MAYBE BACK ON THE STREET AND SO; FOR US WITH THAT’S ONE OF THE GREATEST REASONS WE ARE HERE ADVOCATING SO HIGHLY AND DILIGENTLY FOR THIS TYPE OF SUPPORT BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THESE KIDS CAN BE GONE IN THE WIND. THE MORE ICE WE HAVE IN THIS SITUATION THE MORE PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN FEEL TRUSTING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE GREATER THE CHANCES OF THEM NOT GOING BACK INTO THE LIFE. SO WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS BILL 3380. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU.>>TESTIFIER: IF I COULD SAY ONE MORE THING THAT UNFORTUNATELY [INAUDIBLE] CALL ME. SHE WAS ON HER WAY DOWN BUT HAD A FAMILY EMERGENCY SELECTOR TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO DULUTH. BUT ON BEHALF OF OUR PARTNERS LIGHTHOUSE IN DULUTH THEY ARE ASKING FOR FUNDING TO HELP WITH A PORTION OF THEIR FUNDING TO REHAB AND EMERGENCY SHELTER WITH 10 BEDS. SO SORRY THEY CANNOT BE HERE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: WELCOME. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS JEANNIE THOMPSON CAN ON THE CEO OF THE HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL VERY KINDLY FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY IMPORTANT WORK THAT WE DO AT THE HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH. WE ARE LOCATED JUST ON THE OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS OF BENSON MINNESOTA. SO WE ARE IN A RURAL SETTING. WERE LOCATED ON 160 ACRES OF LAND AND I’M VERY PROUD TO SAY WE JUST CELEBRATED OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEING IN BUSINESS.WITH OUR ORGANIZATION WE HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE TO BE A PART OF THE SAFE HARBOR FUNDING WHICH HAS ALLOWED US TO OPEN OUR HEARTS FOR FREEDOM PROGRAM WITH THE HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH WHICH DOES SERVE THE NEEDS OF GIRLS THAT HAVE BEEN TRAFFICKED FOR A SEXUALLY EXPLOITED. OUR ORGANIZATION AND OUR HEARTS FOR FREEDOM PROGRAM IS A LONG-TERM GROUP HOME SETTING AND SO GIRLS ARE WITH US ANYWHERE FROM NINE MONTHS; TO A YEAR. WE HAVE GIRLS THAT SPECIFICALLY WE HAVE GIRLS IN A PROGRAM ANYWHERE FROM AGES 12 TO 21 WITHOUT SAID ASIDE FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IS WE HAVE [INAUDIBLE] WE ARE A RANCH AND WE HAVE 40 HORSES IN OUR HEARD OUR HORSES ARE VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE WORK THAT WE DO THE GIRLS THAT WE SERVE. OUR GIRLS THAT COME INTO OUR PROGRAM AND WE HAVE GIRLS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.. ANYWHERE FROM THE DULUTH AREA FROM MORRIS SAID MANKATO TWIN CITIES THEM ALL OVER THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. MANY OF US HAVE GIRLS THAT COME TO OUR PROGRAM THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A RANCH BEF ORE EVEN WORKED WITH HORSES BEFORE THE HORSES ARE ABSOLUTELY THE KEY PART OF THE PROGRAMMING THAT WE DO IT AS THE GIRLS WORK WITH THEIR HORSES THEY HAVE CHORES THEY FEED. THEY GROOM THE HORSES. AND DEVELO P THESE RELATIONSHIPS. IT IS WAY FOR GIRLS TO ESTABLISH TRUST AGAIN WHERE TRUST HAS BEEN BROKEN ELSEWHERE. ALONG WITH OUR PROGRAMMING WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BENSON HIGH SCHOOLGIRLS DO ATTEND SCHOOL. SOME ATTEND MAINSTREAM CLASSES AND WE HAVE OUR OWN DEDICATED TEACHERS IN OUR OWN DEDICATED CLASSROOMS TO HELP OUR GIRLS WITH CREDIT RECOVERY. WE HAVE HAD GIRLS IN OUR PROGRAM THAT HAVE BEEN TRAFFICKED BY–[INAUDIBLE] GIRLS IN A PROGRAM THAT ARE TRAFFICKED BY THEIR VERY OWN FAMILY MEMBERS. WE HAVE HAD GIRLS AS YOUNG AS 12 YEARS OLD WHICH IS VERY HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEBODY THAT YOUNG COULD GO THROUGH SUCH TRAUMA BUT WE DO. GIRLS THAT HAVE A HARD TIME EVEN GOING TO SLEEP AT NIGHT HAVE -THEY ARE SCARED. THE TRAUMA IS JUST-IT IS SEVERE WITH A HAVE GONE THROUGH. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO JUST ECHO SOME OF THE WORDS THAT BETH MENTIONED EARLIER. THAT I HOPE THEY CAN BE PROVIDED TO OUR ORGANIZATION WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY SIGNIFICANT WE DO HAVE A NEW HEART FOR FREEDOM HOUSE CONSTRUCTION. THIS WOULD ASSIST US WITH. JUST TO TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT ONE OF OUR FORMER RESIDENCE; WHO ACTUALLY SHE WAS WITH US THREE YEARS AGO AND VERY RECENTLY SHE SENT US AN EMAIL IN WHICH HE STATES IS; SHE WANTED TO SAY -SHE SAYS; THANK YOU GUYS FOR TAKING IT AFTER I WAS SEX TRAFFIC AND IT WASN’T FOR YOUR HEARTS FOR FREEDOM PROGRAM AND HORSES I WOULD HAVE PROBABLY BEEN BACK TO THE LIFESTYLE WER E WORSE; DEAD. IT HAS BEEN THREE YEARS NOW AND I SETTLE DOWN AND HAVE A ONE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. YOU GUYS GIVE ME THE INSPIRATION TO PUSH FOR ANOTHER DAY TO LIVE AND MAYBE BELIEVE IN MYSELF. I OWE YOU MY LIFE TO YOU GUYS AND WISH YOU HAVE MORE ROOM TO HOUSE MORE GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN SEX TRAFFIC I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THREE OF OUR OTHER FORMER RESIDENCE WERE NO SISTERS TO ME. DUE TO YOUR PROGRAM BRINGING US TOGETHER TO LEARN TO TRUST AGAIN. THA T IS ABSOLUTELY HUGE. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF OUR PROGRAM IS REALLY TO CHANGE THE LIFE OF THESE GIRLS. LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY HAVE CHOICES IN THIS WORLD AND THEY DO NOT HAVE TWO SETTLE ON THE HAND THAT HAS BEEN DEALT THEM. WHERE WE ARE DEALING WITH VERY YOUNG CHILDREN THEY IN NO WAY HAD ANY CONTROL OVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THEY WERE PUT IN. WITH ME THIS MORNING I HAVE GRACE SWEENEY. SHE IS OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND YOUTH ADVOCATE AND SHE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION WITH YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED>>TESTIFIER: GRACE SWEENEY FROM HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH. I JUST WANT TO TOUCH ON A FEW OF THE KEY THINGS THAT HARTLAND DOES. WE VERY MUCH REALLY PRIDE OURSELVES ON HAVING HOLISTIC CARE FOR THE GIRLS THAT WE SERVE MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE MEETING THEIR TANGIBLE NEEDS SUCH AS A SAFE PLACE TO SLEEP; MEDICAL AND DENTAL; MENTAL HEALTH; ALL OF THAT STUFF THEY WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO OTHERWISE WITHOUT BEING AT OUR HOUSING. BUT ALSO THE INTANGIBLE NEEDS THAT ALL TRAFFIC VICTIMS MAY SHARE THAT WE PROVIDE FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS SUCH AS THE FEELING OF SAFETY AND SECURITY; HAVING GOOD ADULT HEALTHY BOUNDARIES AND RELATIONSHIPS BEING THOSE INTERACTIONS AS WELL AS MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING THAT EDUCATION PIECE ON WHAT TRAFFICKING IS AND WHAT GROOMING IS AND HOW EASY IT CAN BE TO GET CAUGHT UP IN IT BUT ALSO THOSE PROTECTIVE FACTORS. MAKING SURE THAT WE FOCUS ON STRENGTHS AND RESILIENCE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY TODAY. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TESTIFIERS AND REPRESENTATIVE>>REPRESENTATIVE MILLER: I DO NOT GET I’VE ONE FINAL SMALL–>>CHAIR DEAN: ANYONE ELSE IN A AUDIENCE WANTS TO TESTIFY ON THIS BILL? SEEING NONE; MEMBER COMMENTS? REPRESENTATIVE PINTO>>REPRESENTATIVE PINTO: I SPENT A COUPLE OF YEARS OF STATEWIDE TRAINING AND PROTOCOL THE MOMENT FOR SAFE HARBOR [INAUDIBLE] DONE A LOT OF PRESENTATIONS AND TRAININGS AND [INAUDIBLE] WE BEEN IN FRONT OF A LOT OF AUDIENCES RUN THE STATE SO I’VE BEEN HAPPY TO PARTNER WITH REPRESENTATIVE MILLER ON A BUNCHES OF BILLS ON TRAFFICKING AND I KNOW THESE THREE ORGANIZATIONS ARE DOING TERRIFIC WORK AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. I DON’T KNOW THAT THE PROBLEM IN OUR STATE WHEN IT COMES TO EXPLOITATION TRAFFICKING IS ANY WORSE THAN OTHER STATES SOMETIMES YOU HER NUMBER SAYING WERE ONE OF THE TOP IN THE COUNTRY BUT IT DEFINITELY IS NOT ANY BETTER . IT ABSOLUTELY IS A PROBLEM THAT TOUCHES EVERY CORNER OF OUR STATE IN EVERY COMMUNITY . THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HAPPENING ALL OVER SO THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES DOING TERRIFIC WORK. I’M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS REPRESENTATIVE HILLER IN THIS AREA. SO THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON>>REP RESENTATIVE HALVERSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. JUST BRIEFLY NO QUESTIONS BUT A COMMENT . CERTAINLY WANT TO SHARE OUR GRATITUDE; MY GRATITUDE WITH YOU AND WITH THE LINK AND ALL THESE FOLKS WHO ARE DOING THIS IMPORTANT WORK. IQ NOT ONLY FOR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING TODAY BUT THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US HERE AS A STATE. THE LANGUAGE WE USE AROUND YOUTH WHO HAVE BEEN TRAFFICKED;; THE WAY THAT WE TREAT YOUTH WEB AND TRAFFIC HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS AND IS BECAUSE OF LEADERSHIP FROM FOLKS LIKE YOU WERE ON THE FRONT LINES WHO RECOGNIZE THE TRAUMA THAT THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND YOU HAVE HELPED REALLY CHANGE THE WAY WE MAY PUBLIC POLICY AROUND THIS ISSUE AND I AM REALLY GRATEFUL AND I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH YOUAND SEE IT UP CLOSE BUT I DON’T THINK THAT WE CAN TAKE IT FOR GRANTED HOW FAR WE’VE COME IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE PROVIDING THE CARE THAT THESE FOLKS NEED AND THE CARE IS UNIQUE AND WE WANT TO BE SURE WE CONTINUE TO GROW THE CAPACITY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE TAKING CARE OF ALL THE AND PROTECTING ALL THE GIRLS WE CAN. SO THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON CAN OTHER QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVE SCHULTZ>>REPRESENTATIVE SCHULTZ: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR I WANT TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF LIGHTHOUSE AND IS UNFORTUNATE [INAUDIBLE] IS NOT HERE BUT I TOURED LIGHTHOUSE AND PROVIDE VITAL SERVICES FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND WITH A REPRESENTATI VE MILLER FOR BRINGING THE BILL FORWARD AND SUPPORTING IT AND INCLUDING THE DULUTH COMMUNITY.>>CHAIR DEAN: AL L RIGHT. REPRESENTATIVE MILLER; I KNOW THERE IS A FISCAL NOTE. THERE’S 70;000 PER YEAR. IS THAT I BELIEVE TO ADMINISTER ALL THREE>>REPRESENTATIVE MILLER: MR. CHAIR IF I COULD-THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR I HAVE THE FISCAL NOTE IN FRONT OF ME AND I KNOW THAT WE IN IT’S COMMON PRACTICE WE PRESUME MMB’S FISCAL NOTE THAT’S HOW WE WORK AND SHOULD WORK AROUND HERE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO FIND A WAY THAT PERHAPS WE CAN DISCUSS THIS IN THE APPROPRIATE FOR HIM IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE I’M GOING TO READ THEIR ASSUMPTIONS AND IT SAYS THAT AFFIRMATIVE HUMAN SERVICES IS LIMITED CAPACITY TO MANAGE PROJECTS OF A CAPITAL NATURE THAT INVOLVES REDESIGNING DESIGNING [INAUDIBLE]. THE 2000 SOMETHING BONDING BILL PASSED THE PERMITS WITH OVERSEEING SIX NEW CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECTS WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO MANAGE THAT WORK AND CHAIR; I PERSONALLY WOULD BEG TO DIFFER WITH HOW MUCH WORK THIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE BUT EVEN IF THEY -EVEN IF WE COME TO AGREEMENT THERE’S WORK TO AND SHOULD BE DONE IN THE AREA TO PLACE ALSO PROJECTS THE BACK OF THE THREE PROJECTS JUST SEEMS A LITTLE BIT INAPPROPRIATE AND I FEAR THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS 70;000 OUR FISCAL NOTE WILL GET IN BETWEEN US AND DOING GOOD WORK SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE FORM IS FOR DOING IT BUT I LIKE TO ADDRESS THAT SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE WHERE THOSE COSTS REALLY ARE.>>CHAIR DEAN: ALL RIGHT; THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE MILLER. I KNOW THAT A PERMIT IS HERE AND WE ARE PROBABLY–WE CAN DISCUSS THAT WITH THEM PROBABLY IN BETWEEN NOW AND REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL’S COMMITTEE SO WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION AS HE PUTS THE BILL TOGETHER THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT ALSO FOR ONGOING AND OPERATING. I HAVE ONE QUESTION ABOUT THE HARTLAND GIRLS RANCH HALF HOUR HOW FAR ALONG IS THE IS JUST UNDER $1 MILLION; HOW FAR ALONG IN THE PROCESS ARE YOU WITH COST ESTIMATES AND DESIGN DEVELOPMENT ON THE PROJECT? IS BECAUSE THE PROJECT ITSELF; THE HOUSE ITSELF HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND SO THE GIRLS HAVE MOVED IN TO THE HOUSE. AS OF JANUAR AND WE ARE ABOUT 90-95% COMPLETE WITH A NEW INDOOR HORSE ARENA. THAT’S PRETTY CLOSE TO BEING COMPLETE.>>CHAIR DEAN: THE CONSTRUCTION COST WOULD BE INVOLVED WITH COMPLETING THOSE PROJECTS? IS THAT WHAT THAT IS?>>TESTIFIER: THAT WOULD ACTUALLY COVER-WE ACTUALLY HAVE A BANK LOAN FOR THOSE PROJECTS THIS WOULD HELP COVER THAT AND THEN THAT WOULD FREE UP ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.>>CHAIR DEAN: UNDERSTOOD. THANK YOU. FINAL WORD REPRESENTATIVE MILLER>>REPRESENTATIVE MILLER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTED I WILL TELL YOU [INAUDIBLE] IS IN MY DISTRICT AND YOU MR. CHAIR BROUGHT THIS TO MY ATTENTION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND YOU ARE ACTUALLY OUT WHEN WE VISITED. YOU ARE KIND TO COME OUT TO HARLEM GET HARD AND IS CLOSE TO MY HEART BECAUSE THEY’RE CLOSE TO ME AND I CAN LET YOU KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT ENOUGH THAT MY WIFE VOLUNTEERS IN THAT EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AND I’VE HELPED I COULD OUT THERE AS WELL. SO I ENCOURAGE COMMITTEE MEMBERS HERE I KNOW THIS IS MOVING ON TO BONDING AND THAT’S WHERE DIFFERENT DISCUSSION BUT PLEASE; TALK TO THE MEMBERS THAT YOU KNOW INVOLVED WITH THAT AND CERTAINLY TO THE CHAIR BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR. THANK YOU; SIR.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE. NEXT UP WE HAVE HOUSE FILE 2966. REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON WILL BE HERE TO PRESENT HOUSE FILE 2966. REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON; TO YOUR BILL>>REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. I’M HERE ON BEHALF OF REPRESENTATIVE THISSEN WHO CANNOT BE HERE TO INTRODUCE AN EXCELLENT BILL WITH REGARD TO APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR A GRANT FOR THE FAMILY TREE CLINIC. IT’S A LOCAL CLINIC THAT SERVES UNIQUE POPULATIONS IT’S LOCATED IN ST. PAUL AND THEY HAVE BEEN SUCH A DRAW FOR THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SERVE THAT THEY ARE OVER GROWING THEIR SPACE. WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE CARE THAT PEOPLE ARE SEEKING IN THE ST. PAUL COMMUNITY AND SURROUNDING COMMITTEES COULD WITH THAT ALL LOVE TO TURN IT OVER AND LET YOU HEAR FROM THE FAMILY TREATMENT CENTER.>>CHAIR DEAN: WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS A LIST WITH LIGHT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FAMILY TREE CLINIC. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE. IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND. FAMILY TREE IS A COMMUNITY CLINIC AND WE WERE FOUNDED IN 1971. WE ARE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING EXCELLENT HEALTH CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO PEOPLE WHO FACE BARRIERS AND EXPERIENCE SEVERE HEALTH DISPARITIES. WE SERVE 22;000 PEOPLE A YEAR TO OUR PROGRAM AND THEY INCLUDE MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS REALLY ADDRESS THE WHOLE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH IMPACTING HEALTH DISPARITIES. WE’VE UNIQUE SET OF SERVICES THAT INCLUDE THE STATES ONLY DEATH MIND AND HARD OF HEARING EDUCATION PROGRAM AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS AND WOMEN’S PRISONS AND THEN MEDICAL SERVICES THAT FOCUS ON FAMILY PLANNING AND BASIC FAMILY CARE. 70% OF OUR PATIENTS ARE LOW INCOME WOMEN AND IT IS A HISTORY OF HOMELESSNESS SEX SEXUAL SALT SEX TRAFFICKING AND/OR INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS A S REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON INDICATED THE DEMAND FOR SERVICES AND PROGRAMS HAVE FAR OUTPACED OUR CAPACITY PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS IN OUR FACILITIES. THUS WE ARE EXPANDING AND LETTING A NEW FACILITY IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMAND AND EXPAND PROGRAMMING.SO IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY IS OUR ONE-TIME CAPITAL CASH REQUEST FOR $900;000. WE HAVE SECURED A MATCH TO THE SALE OF OUR EXISTING BUILDING WHERE WE WILL NET $2.5 MILLION FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THAT SALE AND WE ARE ALSO RUNNING THE TRADITIONAL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IN WHICH WE INTEND TO RAISE ABOUT $1.6 MILLION. TOTAL PROJECT IS 5 MILLION IN IN ADDITION TO THE FUNDS THAT WE NEED TO RAISE THE SECURED PRO BONO PRE-DESIGN SUPPORT THAT’S ALREADY HAPPENING THROUGH FERGUSON WILL ARCHITECTURE FROM AS WELL AS PARTIAL PRO BONO ARCHITECTURE DESIGN AND PRO BONO LEGAL SUPPORT THROUGH BAKER [INAUDIBLE]. OUR TIMELINE IS TO RENOVATE OUR NEW FACILITY THROUGH 2019 AND THEN MOVING IN THE SPRING OF 2020 . WE ESTIMATE WE WILL BE ABLE TO SERVE AN ADDITIONAL 5000 PEOPLE A YEAR IN OUR NEW FACILITY EXPAND PROVIDER AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORKFOR CE TRAINING AND ALSO EXPAND OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS WHICH ARE ALL AT CAPACITY COULD JUST TO HIGHLIGHT A BIT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE SERVE WHICH REALLY OVERLAPS TREMENDOUSLY WITH THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM; JUST LAST WEEK A SINGL E MOM AND HER TWO CHILDREN CAME INTO OUR CLINIC FOR AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE MOM. SHE LEARNED ABOUT FAMILY TREE THROUGH THE MEDICAL SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE THE WOMEN’S SHELTER IN ST. PAUL TWICE A MONTH. SHEHAD NOT HAD CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING IN OVER TWO DECADES AND WAS HAVING SEVERE PELVIC PAIN. SHE’S CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE SHELTER WITH HER TWO DAUGHTERS AND WHEN SHE ARRIVED AT THE CLINIC SHE NEEDED TO HAVE HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER WATCH HER TODDLER WHILE SHE WAS GETTING THE MEDICAL SERVICES. SHE NEEDED SEVERAL URGENT VEHICLE SERVICES AT THAT TIME AND COULD NOT USE HER HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THE POLICY HOLDER IS HER ABUSIVE PARTNER. WE WERE NOT ONLY ABLE TO HELP HER ADDRESS HER URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS AT THAT DAY BUT WE ENROLLED HER IN A PROGRAM TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THAT PROVIDES CERVICAL AND BREAST CANCER SCREENING FOR WOMEN OVER 40 SO THAT SHE DID NOT PAY FOR THOSE SERVICES. AND WHILE HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER WAS IN THE WAITING ROOM WITH OUR EXXON CLINIC ASSISTANCE THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT A PEER YOUTH DEVELOP IN SUMMER PROGRAM THAT WE PROVIDE SHE FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION WHILE SHE WAS IN THE WAITING ROOM AND SHE WILL BE STARTING THAT SUMMER PROGRAM IN JUNE AND IT’S A SMALL PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR AT RISK TEENS. THE TODDLER WAS ABLE TO LEAVE WITH 15 COLORING BOOKS THE KIDS LEFT WHETHER HANGING OUT IN OUR WAITING ROOM AS WELL AS A KIDS BOOK THAT TALKS ABOUT WHAT FAMILY MEANS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR FREE FROM A SMALL PRIVATE FOUNDATION GRANTS. AND ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR THIS MOTHER EVA TO PROVIDE HER A BIG HUG AND TOLD HER THAT SHE NEVER BEEN TO A CLINIC WHERE SHE WAS TREATED LIKE FAMILY BUT THAT’S WHAT IT FELT LIKE AT FAMILY TREE. SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE COMMUNITY SERVICES AT FAMILY TREE CLINIC AND THESE ARE THE TYPES OF PER-PUPIL THAT WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER REACH AND SERVE MORE OF IT TO OUR EXPANDED FACILITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND I’M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THE COMMITTEE MAY HAVE.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU. ARE THERE QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE>>REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. AT THE BEGINNING YOU SAID YOU WORK WITH A WOMEN’S PRISON IN SHAKOPEE/>>TESTIFIER: WE DO; YES. WE PROVIDE PARENTS EDUCATION PROGRAMMING TO THE WOMEN IN THE SHOCK OF THE WOMEN’S PRISON.>>REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDINE: I THOUGHT YOU MEANT YOU DID MEDICAL STUFF FOR THE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN>>REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANKS FOR YOUR TESTIMONY MS. ALIKE . RIGHT? YES. I VISITED YOUR WEBSITE AND THE QUESTION I WOULD HAVE IS UNDER EDUCATION I MEAN YOU PROMOTE PLENTY OF SO-CALLED–SEX TECHNIQUES BUT AND THEN TAKE A BILL TO REDUCE YOUR PERCENTAGE CHANCE OF GETTING HIV HOWEVER IF YOU MISS A DAY THERE’S NO GUARANTEE AND OF COURSE EVERYBODY’S BODY TYPE IS DIFFERENT. DO YOU PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES THAT TELL PEOPLE WHO ARE PRACTICING PROMISCUITY TO ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY UNTIL MARRIAGE AND TO BE FAITHFUL WITHIN MARRIAGE AND GET THE ADVANTAGES OF THAT?>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN. ALL OF OUR HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMING YOU SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION THAT’S TESTED THROUGH VIGOROUS USUALLY FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH STUDIES IT INCLUDES MESSAGES AROUND ABSTINENCE ALL OF OUR PROGRAMMING DOES. IN ADDITION TO THE PROGRAMMING THAT FOCUSES ON SAFER PRACTICES ; ABSTINENCE AND ACCESS TO PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SERVICES WE ALSO TEACH PROGRAMMING THAT TALKS ABOUT HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS THAT TALKS ABOUT DECISION-MAKING AND WE USE A KEY CONCEPT METHODOLOGY WHICH IS REALLY ABOUT SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS FOR THE LONG-TERM OF THEIR LIFE. I THINK THAT WHEN YOU INDICATE WOULD BE A LINED WITH WHAT WE ARE TEACHING IN TERMS OF LONG-TERM DECISION-MAKING.>>REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN: SO THE QUESTION IS; DO YOU PROMOTE EDUCATION MATERIAL BECAUSE I DON’T SEE ANY ON YOUR WEBSITE THAT SPECIFICALLY PROMOTES ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE AND FAITHFULNESS IN MARRIAGE AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS OF THAT TYPE OF BEHAVIOR? YES OR NO?>>TESTIFIER: YES; ALL OF OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMMING INCLUDES MESSAGES ABOUT ABSTINENCE>>REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN: UNTIL MARRIAGE?>>TESTIFIER: WE PREFER TO SAY ABSTINENCE NOT TO SAY ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE BECAUSE SOMEBODY NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE KEY CONCEPTS AROUND ABSTINENCE AND WERE OFTEN TALKING ABOUT AT RISK LARGE WERE DISCUSSING MARRIAGE MAY NOT BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET THE KEY CONCEPT ACROSS.>>REPRESENTATIVE GRUENHAGEN: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR I THINK THAT’S A FATAL FLAW IN YOUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM PERSONALLY. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SHARE SOME STATISTICS WITH YOU AND MAYBE–YOU REFERENCE THE CDC CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL ON YOUR WEBSITE WELL IT’S INTERESTING AND OCTOBER 6 WELL IT’S INTERESTING AND OCTOBER 6; 2014 THEY PUT OUT THE STATISTICS ON A HIDDEN STD EPIDEMIC. THEIR ESTIMATE IS THAT IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE 110 INFECTION– 110 MILLION INFECTIONS OF STD IN THE US. 110 MILLION. WE HAVE GOT 330 MILLION CITIZENS; THAT MEANS ONE OUT OF THREE PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND WITH AN STD ACCORDING TO THE CDC AND I HEAR HERE’S THE INTERESTING THING. THEY GO ON TO SAY ON THIS STUDY THAT NEW INFECTIONS EACH YEAR ACCORDING TO THE CDC IS 20 MILLION NEW INFECTIONS EVERY YEAR. THE TOTAL ; I COVERED UP TO THE TOTAL AS CITIES AMONG MEN AND WOMEN 110 MILLION. THE DIRECT MEDICAL COST FOR THESE STDS; TO THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM; IS $16 BILLION A YEAR. FINALLY; AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST DISTURBING WHY I ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE; THE PROPORTION OF NEW INFECTIONS THAT ARE IN PEOPLE AGES 15-24 OUT OF THAT 20 MILLION; 50% ARE IN THE 15-24 AGE GROUP. S O I THINK THEY SHOULD LEARN ABOUT MARRIAGE;; THE BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE. I USE FOR SAFE SEX IS A WEDDING RING TO IT SAYS UNTIL THE WAS PART AND [INAUDIBLE] IF A MOTHER UNFAITHFUL. I’M JUST KIDDING. THE POINT IS; THE SAFE SEX MARRIAGE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IS DESTROYING THEM. MANY OF THESE STDS ARE INCURABLE.. THEY CREATE STERILITY SHOULD SOME DEATH. AND THEY CAN RUIN PEOPLE’S LIVES GOING FORWARD. THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY WE HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS CRISIS AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. I BELIEVE THERE’S A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE AMOUNT OF STD INFECTIONS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE TYPE OF MENTAL ILLNESS CRISIS THAT WE ARE SEEN BECAUSE YOU CAN’T PUT A CONDOM ON YOUR HEART OR YOUR EMOTIONS. SO; PLEASE CHANGE YOUR MESSAGE TO ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE AND THE BENEFITS OF BEING FAITHFUL WITHIN MARRIAGE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN:>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU AND ALSO ONE FINAL THING IS WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON AS MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND CERTIFIED HEALTH EDUCATORS USING A COMBINATION OF TEACHING TOOLS THAT ARE TESTED THROUGH RIGOROUS STUDY THAT REALLY DO REDUCE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION AND REDUCE RATES OF ENGAGING IN WHAT YOU DESCRIBE AS PREMARITAL SEX. SO THE COMBINATION OF EDUCATION TOOL ARE A PART OF THE SOLUTION THAT YOU ARE IDENTIFYING IS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM. I DON’T THINK YOU LISTEN TO A WORD I SAID. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU. REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY>>REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON FOR BRINGING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOUR. FOR US TO CONSIDER. WE TREAT AS BE EN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT RIGHT NOW AND I KNOW THERE’S [INAUDIBLE] WITH THE NEXT LOCATION WILL BE IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT POTENTIALLY MINNEAPOLIS. IN EITHER CASE; I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH YOU ARE TAKING IN TERMS OF THE TREATMENT OF PEOPLE IN TERMS OF EDUCATION. I UNDERSTAND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND PROBABLY DON’T HAVE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS NOR DO I PUT DISTRIBUTION OF AGE OF PEOPL E EXPERIENCED SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE BUT NOT THE PURVIEW OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WERE NOT MARRIED AND WE KNOW OF COURSE PEOPLE IN THE HIGHEST OFFICES IN THE NATION TO ENGAGE IN PROMISCUOUS BEHAVIOR AND PROBABLY TENSE BUT DISEASES THEMSELVES AND I DON’T KNOW WE NEED TO BREAK THAT DOWN IN THIS COMMITTEE BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNEW ME AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND AS A REGISTERED NURSE THAT YOUR ASSURANC E TO [INAUDIBLE] EDUCATION AND WHAT YOU ARE CONVEYING TO THE PEOPLE IN YOUR CARE IS REALLY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU. FURTHER DISCUSSION? ALL RIGHT. DOES ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WANT TO TESTIFY ON THIS? SEEING NONE; FIN AL WORD REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON A>>REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND THANK YOU MS. LIGHT FOR HER GREAT TESTIMONY. IT IS VERY CLEAR THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT WE NEED TO APPROACH ISSUES THAT ARE FACING MINNESOTANS WITH REGARD TO THEIR COMPLETE HEALTH INCLUDING THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH AND I FOR ONE AM GRATEFUL THAT WE HAVE A VARIETY OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS THAT FOCUSED ON ENSURING MINNESOTANS HAVE THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE THAT THEY HAVE SCIENCE-BASED CARE AND THAT WE HAVE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FAMILY TREE CLINIC THAT ARE NOT ONLY DOING OUTREACH WITHIN THEIR OWN FOUR WALLS BUT ARE GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING SURE THAT WOMEN IN SHAKOPEE HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE AND EDUCATION THAT THEY CAN ASK FOR. BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT DATA AND WE’VE HEARD FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH JUST RECENTLY WITH REGARD TO DISEASE OUTBREAKS WE’VE SEEN IN MINNESOTA THAT EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATE CARE IN THE APPROPRIATE SETTING OF THE BEST WAYS FOR US TO DEAL WITH THESE ILLNESSES AND TO PREVENT ILLNESS IN THE FUTURE. SO THANKS TO THE FAMILY TREE CLINIC AND THANKS TO THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR ATTENTION.>>CHAIR DEAN: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE HALVERSON. MS. LIGHT WE APPRECIATE YOUR TESTIMONY AND MEMBERS TOMORROW WE WILL HAVE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT REQUESTS AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.>>[GAVEL]>>[ADJOURNMENT]>>

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