Friday, Minnesota state legislators gathered on the steps of the capitol to announce the formation of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus. This new caucus was formed to promote and protect the reproductive rights of all Minnesotans.
A compromise E-12 budget agreement was announced Tuesday afternoon that will provide significant new funding in the largest area of the state budget.
The Minnesota Senate advanced the omnibus education budget bill Thursday on a vote of 37-29. The bill, SF 960, has one of the lowest education budget targets in recent budget cycles and for the first time in decades doesn’t include an increase in the basic funding formula. It also includes an expensive voucher proposal and closure of the Perpich Center for the Arts.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
The Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee passed its omnibus budget bill (SF 485) today on a unanimous vote. The bill provides $8 million in new funding for the Department of Military Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and provides a total of $208.22 million.
On Tuesday, the House DFL majority released their budget targets, calling for significant new investment in Minnesota’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including a $721.7 million increase from the base in funding for education.