Minnesota School of Cosmetology students and staff from Woodbury and Plymouth participated in Hill Day at the Capitol in St. Paul. The Minnesota Salon and Spa Professional Association (MNSSPA) organized the event to create awareness about the 5.5 percent tax increase proposal on all salon services.
MNSSPA Lobbyist Jim Hirst led the group and announced a special thanks to MSC for our large turnout. He explained that when legislators visually see people visit the Capitol to voice their opinion, it makes a difference.
First, the students and staff camped out at the Senate chamber which was just about to go into session. Here everyone handed out flyers to senators and spoke with them about their opinion on the subject. Next on the agenda was visiting the individual offices of each person’s respective senator and then the representatives’ offices.
One group of students was very excited to speak personally with Minnesota Senate member, Foung Hawi who showed his appreciation for their cause by talking with them and taking a picture with them.
MSC Director Jill Hocking stated, “The legislators were impressed with our dedication and I believe it was eye opening for many of them to see that we all cared enough to take time out of our day to voice our opinion on Dayton’s 5.5 percent tax increase proposal on all salon services. I witnessed many students stepping out of their comfort zones, talking with senators, while remaining professional at all times. I am very proud of our MSC Woodbury and Plymouth students for taking this opportunity to learn about our government and how it affects our careers throughout the beauty industry.”
Karis Steenberg, MSC student, said, “This was a great experience because now we know what to do in the future if we would like our voice to be heard about a particular issue.”
MSC student Nicole Volner was involved in a very passionate discussion with one of the Minnesota Senators. She stated that “visiting the Capitol and speaking to the senators is a very important piece of education for everyone. It’s important for students to learn what is going on in the legislature and to get in there and learn what they’re voting for.”