ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, released the following statement regarding the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy omnibus budget bill.
“Last Friday, the Senate majority released a retrograde two-year spending bill that would move Minnesota backwards,” said Sen. Latz. “And yesterday, the Senate majority confirmed their support for an embarrassingly low budget by declining to accept the many amendments that would fully fund many important initiatives. Included in the majority’s budget is a serious shortfall of correctional officer positions over a two-year period. Considering the state’s current need to add many more correctional officers to an already low number, this proposal is especially insulting and would further reduce safety within and outside of our correctional facilities across the state.
The Senate majority also did not include a single item aimed toward reducing gun violence across the state, which an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans support. To make matters worse, the Senate majority decided to not provide any funding for the Minnesota School Safety Center. I am very disappointed in the product put forward by the Senate majority, but I look forward to righting the proverbial ship as we move closer to the conclusion of session.”
Here a video of Senator Latz during the committee hearing: https://youtu.be/x6AZPYXXUtM