Senator Simonson Statement on Special Session Failure

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate adjourned Saturday morning without completion of work on a bonding bill or significant action on criminal justice and policing reform. In response, Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) released the following statement:

“As policymakers, it is our responsibility to do our jobs, find compromise, and deliver results for our constituents. In this special session, we have failed to do the job demanded of us. It is unacceptable for us to adjourn without passing a bonding bill that invests in our infrastructure and public assets. Thousands of jobs will not be created, and our recovery from COVID-19 will take even longer unless we complete this bill.

Minnesotans are also demanding real action on criminal justice and policing reforms. We cannot ignore the pleas of Black and brown and indigenous Minnesotans and the need for renewed accountability measures and changes that address their concerns.

Stepping away from this work with it is unfinished is unacceptable. We must adjourn when the work is done, not when the Senate Majority says we should.”

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Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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