St. Paul, Minn. – On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus Agriculture Bill (SF 2226) on a bipartisan vote of 43–24. In response to the passage of the bill, Senator Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) released the following statement.
“This bill takes a step toward addressing the lack of high-speed internet access that too many Minnesotans face, investing $30 million in Border to Border Broadband. However, it is unfortunate that with a surplus of approximately $1 billion, we were unable to do more for our farmers in areas including mental health resources and emergency preparedness, or more to address Minnesota’s housing shortage. It is my hope that over the next several weeks we can strengthen investment in these areas before passing the final budget.”