SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Members of the Senate DFL responded to the Senate Republican budget proposal released today:
“Our constituents have made themselves clear: they want to work together to build the state Minnesotans deserve with high-quality education, affordable and accessible health care, and increasing support for working families. Today’s Senate Republican budget ignores these Minnesota values. We have two options: we can focus on the things Minnesotans have said they want and invest in education, health care, and community prosperity, or we can take the Senate Republican path and refuse to work together to build the state Minnesotans deserve,” said Assistant Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury.
“The Senate Republicans say they want safer schools with excellent teachers, but this budget doesn’t do nearly enough to help our students have the high-quality schools they deserve. Their budget takes taxpayer money to give to private schools and won’t hold down tuition at our higher education institutions. This isn’t the way to ensure every student, no matter their race or zip code, has a world-class education and is prepared for the workforce,” said Sen. Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview.
“Voters in the last election sent a clear message that we should work toward affordable, quality health care for all Minnesotans. DFLers in the House, Senate, and Governor’s office are working to increase access to affordable health care, but the Senate Republican budget would effectively cut access for Minnesotans. The governor’s OneCare program is missing from the Senate Republican budget, even though it’s a way to actually increase health care choices for people in greater Minnesota,” said Sen. Matt Klein, DFL-South Saint Paul.
“Senate Republicans have considered billions of dollars of tax cuts this session, but those cuts have to balance out somewhere, not just benefit a few. We believe the state should be counted on as a partner in providing quality of life for all Minnesotans and not just those communities that can afford it. This budget just doesn’t work to make sure every community thrives – we need to do more to invest in infrastructure and housing to give local leaders the tools they need to succeed,” said Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina. “We owe it to Minnesota’s farmers and rural families to talk about what matters to them: property tax relief, child care, mental health, and broadband. With money available for one-time spending we have a real opportunity to make strategic investments across our state. This Republican budget proposal just doesn’t do enough for greater Minnesota,” said Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato.