SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The health and human services omnibus budget bill passed the Minnesota state Senate in a special session today 67-0. Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement in response.
“The first bill that passed the Senate floor in the regular session was abysmal – it used funny money and would have resulted in jeopardizing health care for 1.2 million Minnesotans. Fortunately, because of the great work of Gov. Tim Walz, DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey, and Lt. Gov. Flanagan along with DFLers in the House and Senate, this bill has come a long way,” said Hayden.
“Because Gov. Walz held strong and kept the provider tax largely intact, this HHS budget makes investments in the programs that improve lives for so many Minnesotans, including more help for low-income families through the MFIP program for the first time in more than 30 years. The bill also includes CCAP program integrity proposals that won’t punish families who need help paying for child care,” continued Hayden.