Building a better future for all Minnesotans
Minnesotans want a good life and a better future for our families and for our neighbors. We want affordable health care and post-secondary education; strong public schools in every town and neighborhood; good jobs that sustain our families and give us time to care for loved ones; and clean air and water for everyone, everywhere. That’s why we support the rights of Minnesotans to organize together to collectively bargain for a better life. And why we are building a coalition across race, place, and faith to ensure all Minnesotans have the care they need, a bright energy future and healthy climate, safe communities and a fair justice system, connected communities, the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and the time to care for themselves and their loved ones.
This year, we are standing up for the progressive values we share with Gov. Walz and the House DFL, even as we stand in the face of Republican obstructionism. Here are some issues we expect to come up in the 2020 Legislative Session:
While a $1.3 billion balance is good news, we must remember much of this is not available for ongoing spending. We will not let poor budgeting decisions jeopardize Minnesota’s economic future. This budget forecast is simply one-time money that needs to be cautiously distributed while still caring for the Minnesotans who need us most.
Bonding bills create good-paying jobs through the state and boost both the local and state economies. Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan proposed investing $1.27 billion in community infrastructure projects across the state. The proposal balances the needs of the state, with 22% of projects in Greater Minnesota, 27% in the Twin Cities area, and 51% having impacts statewide. DFLers will prioritize necessary and targeted investments in communities throughout Minnesota so our infrastructure keeps up with the needs of the people it serves.
The Senate DFL is proud of our progressive record. Together with a House DFL majority, we raised the statewide minimum wage and affirmed the right for same-sex couples to marry in Minnesota. We repaid Pawlenty’s entire school shift and passed a bill to protect students from being bullied while they learn.
We want the opportunity to continue with a progressive agenda that:
- Ensures all Minnesotans have access to the prescription drugs they need at a price they can afford, especially life-saving medications like insulin.
- Guarantee every working Minnesotan has access to paid sick time and extended paid family and medical leave to care for themselves or a loved one.
- Put Minnesota on the path to meet or exceed our state’s clean energy and climate change goals.
- Advocate for fully-funding public education from affordable childcare and public pre-K through job training and higher education so all Minnesotans can reach their full potential.
- Make meaningful investments in community infrastructure, including utility systems, transportation, and broadband.
- Prevent senseless gun violence in our communities by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or those who may hurt themselves or others.
- Pursue common-sense criminal justice reform that focuses on prevention, fairness, and redemption.
- The Senate DFL is optimistic about the growing number of Minnesotans choosing to be involved in the political and legislative processes. Together with our communities we can continue our progressive track record and make positive changes for Minnesotans.