End of Session Recap: Mike Freiberg
Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, is happy to see a $5 million Metropolitan Council grant go to help Golden Valley fix the city’s aging sewer infrastructure. He says the money will go to fix leaky storm sewer pipes, which for cities is an expensive fix.
“So when clear water — rainwater — gets into the sanitary sewer system, if there are cracks in the pipes, it can overload the system,” says Freiberg.
According to Freiberg, Golden Valley has experienced the cracked pipes quite a bit.
Freiberg Lists Local Accomplishments
Freiberg says another local accomplishment is money for flood control in Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley. He also points to the $2 million in the bonding bill to help New Hope build a new 50-meter pool. New Hope’s old 50-meter pool was torn out to make way for a new city hall and police station.
More opioid prevention and gun violence prevention are among the items Freiberg wishes could be accomplished.
“There are some very common sense solutions we could have addressed like expanding background checks,” says Freiberg. “This red flag bill where if a family thinks a person is dangerous they can petition the court so there’s due process in place and to temporarily have their firearms taken away so they won’t hurt themselves or other people. Those are two bills I think had broad support around the state and bipartisan support. We didn’t do nearly enough.”
Freiberg also says there were too many task forces studying issues this session, but not enough action.