Sen. Hawj dismayed by cuts to equity investments
ST. PAUL, Minn – Just one year after passing historic investments in equity programs that assist communities of color across Minnesota, Senate Republicans have passed a Jobs Budget Bill that gouges the Equity Grant Program by $7 million. Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) was instrumental in getting the equity programs funded last year, and is dismayed by the significant cuts to programming.
“Republicans’ decision to cut ongoing equity funding by $7 million is cruel and lacks foresight. There is a reason we dedicated so much time and energy last year to create opportunities for our most vulnerable communities. This money was invested to help with job training, economic development, education, self-sufficiency and a host of other issues we have identified as critical to success. These cuts will not make Minnesota better, except leave high percentages of minority and new Americans in poverty” said Sen. Hawj.