Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- Public policy changes aimed at helping women get ahead in the workforce were the focus of a women's economic summit in Duluth today. Featured speakers included DFL State Senator Sandy Pappas and House Speaker Paul Thissen. In addition to the Economic Security Act, both lawmakers said the increase in the state's minimum wage will help women and their families get a fair shot in the workforce. Thissen also used the event to connect with voters amid an election battle for control of the Minnesota House. Thissen said he thinks voters are pleased with the DFL's results, citing achievements such as the passage of Medical Marijuana legislation and low legislative gridlock. "People are going to say, 'Yea, the last two years were good and we need to continue on that trajectory instead of going backwards', and that I think is what this election is about," said Thissen. Minnesota Republicans are targeting roughly 20 State House seats this November. Republicans need 7 seats to retain the majority in the Minnesota House. Nick Minock nminock@kbjr.com
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