On November 23rd, House Republicans sent a letter to Governor Walz requesting the use of all remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds and additional general fund dollars to provide a $1.3 billion dollar tax cut to Minnesota employers on their unemployment insurance obligations.
This week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) added 305 bodies of water to the impaired waters list for a total of 2,904 bodies with 6,168 existing impairments across the state of Minnesota. This list included PFAS contamination found in bodies of water in Greater Minnesota.
State Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Wiger was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996, and now serves as the ranking DFL member for the E-12 Education Policy and Finance Committee. He has been in public service since first being elected to the District 622 School Board in 1973 at the age of 21. He was also elected to the Ramsey Soil and Water Conservation District, and has served on the Metropolitan Council.
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.