On Wednesday, April 7th at 9:00 A.M., Senate DFL lead on the Labor and Industry Policy Committee Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth), Senator Jason Isaacson (DFL-Shoreview), and labor allies will hold a press conference to discuss the need to pass relief for Minnesota workers. Senators… Read More »Senate DFL members to hold a press conference on worker relief
On Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. the Senate DFL will be hosting a remote hearing on legislation (Senate File 1205) presented by Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent that would provide Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for Minnesota… Read More »Senate DFL announces hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave
On Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced findings that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination had been found in 98 out of 101 closed landfills across the state, and that 59 of these closed landfills in 41 counties have levels that exceed the Minnesota Department of Health’s health-based guidance values for PFAS. PFAS are forever chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects such as changes in development, liver and thyroid function, immune response, increased kidney damage, and certain cancers.
The women of the Senate DFL gathered today virtually to rally for Minnesota to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The federal Equal Rights Amendment was originally written in 1923 and finally passed by Congress in 1972. Minnesota ratified the ERA one year later in 1973. After nearly 100 years, the ERA bill was passed in the Minnesota House in 2019, but did not make it past the Republican-controlled Senate.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, Senate Republicans brought a bill extending Minnesota’s “reinsurance” plan to the Senate floor. The reinsurance program subsidizes non-profit healthcare insurance providers, including $106 million in state funds and $77 million in federal pass-through funding with the goal of lowering insurance premiums on the individual marketplace. In addition, the reinsurance program also costs the state of Minnesota an estimated $100 million in federal funding for MinnesotaCare
The Minnesota Management and Budget agency released their updated February budget forecast Friday, and projected a positive budget balance of $1.6 billion for Minnesota in the upcoming biennium. Minnesota Management and Budget stated that this change is primarily due to an improved U.S. economic outlook, bolstered by large federal actions that emerged since November and were not incorporated in earlier projections.