The Republican Senate majority’s supplemental budget finance bill passed the Minnesota Senate today with a vote of 34-31. The bill, which included several controversial provisions, failed to get one DFL vote. Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement.
St. Paul, Minn.—Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), Senate DFL Caucus Assistant Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury), and Senate DFL Caucus Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) will hold a media availability Thursday April 6 to take questions and provide reaction to the Senate Republican budget bills that have passed the Senate over the last two weeks.
|Who:||Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook),
Senate DFL Caucus Assistant Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury), and
Senate DFL Caucus Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis)
|What:||Media availability to take questions and provide reaction to the Senate Republican budget bills that have passed the Senate over the last two weeks.
|Where:||B971 Capitol Press Conference Room
|When:||2:00 p.m. Thursday April 6, 2017|
St. Paul, Minn.—Senate Republican leadership released their budget targets Friday afternoon. The targets show that Health and Human Services are slated for a $335 million cut, despite a $1.6 billion surplus. Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) shared his serious concerns with this unnecessary and harmful budget decision. “To say I am dismayed at this cut target, […] Read more
Today’s announcement of a $1.4 billion budget surplus demonstrates that Minnesota’s economy is stable and enjoys modest growth. But – we must also remember how we got here – through fiscal restraint and saving.
Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) released the following statement in response to the release of the November budget forecast which was announced today. In its announcement, Minnesota Management and Budget released that $334 million of the total surplus was dedicated to the budget reserve and that the remaining general fund revenue continues to grow resulting in a $1.4 billion balance projected for the upcoming biennium.
The final minutes of the 2016 Legislative Session ended just short of passing a bonding bill which would have created thousands of jobs. The greater White Bear Lake area had several critical projects at stake in the bill, including $1.78 million for a study of the water levels on White Bear Lake, funding for several projects at Century College as well as a request for a White Bear Lake Community Achievement Center. Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) released the following statement about how the session ended.