SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, the Minnesota State Senate officially adjourned this year’s legislative session. A statement from Senator Kent is below.
“The Minnesota Senate DFL remains committed to building a state that cares for all people. This legislative session we advocated for legislation that reflected Minnesotans’ priorities and values. DFLers worked hard to ensure the passage of critical legislation such as an emergency and long-term insulin program, election security funding, and vital funds for the response to COVID-19,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “Unfortunately, political posturing and stalling from our Republican colleagues stood in the way of legislation that is at the core of caring for Minnesotans. They failed to work with DFLers to pass legislation that would protect the economic security of Minnesotans affected by COVID-19 and to fully ratify the state employee contracts that were negotiated in good faith. Additionally, Senate DFLers were met with silence after months of outreach to Republican legislators in order to pass a robust bonding bill that would have created local jobs and projects across the state during a time when our state needs economic stimulus now more than ever. This year, Senate Republicans sent a very clear message of where their priorities lie.”