Senator Erik Simonson Votes No on Supplemental Budget, Says “We Must Do Better for the People of Minnesota”

St. Paul, Minn. – Late Thursday night, the Minnesota Senate passed Republicans’ supplemental budget proposal (Senate File 3656), which is packed with controversial policies. The Senate passed the bill on a party-line vote, with 34 Republican senators voting in favor, and 31 DFL senators voting in opposition. In response, Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement:

“I decided to vote against Republicans’ supplemental budget because it barely scratches the surface of what needs to be accomplished this session,” said Sen. Simonson. “Minnesotans sent us to the State Capitol to solve big problems, not nibble around the edges. Now is the time for big ideas that create a better world for our children and future generations. This bill did not pass muster. We must do better for the people of Minnesota.”

The Senate’s supplemental budget now heads to a joint conference committee between the House and Senate, which will merge their respective proposals. The Legislature faces a May 21 constitutional deadline to adjourn.

Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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