On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center police. In response, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) released the following statement:
“I am incredibly thankful for Governor Walz’s leadership during this pandemic and have tremendous confidence in his commitment to Minnesota’s working families, small businesses, and our students. The Governor’s proposed budget and the Due North Education plan put our students first and aligned Minnesota’s shared values with our budget,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent.
On March 26, 2021, members of the Senate DFL caucus hosted a remote hearing on legislation (SF 1205) that would provide Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for Minnesota families. The legislation has support across a broad coalition of 45 organizations in Minnesota. The companion bill (HF 1200) has been successfully making its way through the House as members realize the positive impact this legislation can have on Minnesota families.
On Monday, March 22, 2021, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent (DFL- Woodbury), Senator Jim Carlson (DFL- Eagan), Senator Lindsey Port (DFL- Burnsville), and Senator Kent Eken (DFL- Twin Valley) held a press conference to discuss the Senate DFL’s priority for protecting and advancing democracy. Following the press conference, the legislators released the following statement:
The February budget forecast showed a significant change in Minnesota’s fiscal outlook, compared to the November economic forecast. Given the improvement in the budget forecast, Governor Walz announced a revised budget proposal on March 18. In response to the updated budget proposal, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent (DFL- Woodbury) released the following statement: