Nearly four full weeks remain in the 2018 session of the Minnesota Legislature, and it apparently isn't too soon to start prodding lawmakers about getting their work done. On time. And without the mad scramble at the end, the closed-doors meetings, the secret late-night deals, and the votes on bills no one has had time to read. All of these unsavory, not-the-way-to-conduct-the-people's-business practices have marred recent sessions and even seem to be emerging as a disappointing norm.
While other states aren't making new investments to treat mental illness or are even cutting programs, "We've done a lot as a state investing in mental health," Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper told the Duluth News Tribune editorial board last week.