On Friday, February 26th, the Minnesota Management and Budget agency released their February budget forecast. They projected a positive budget balance of $1.6 billion, thanks largely to federal support towards COVID-19 relief, and lower than expected state spending.
Thank you for your work to ensure that all Minnesotans voices and perspectives are heard in our state legislature. As we work for the good of all Minnesotans, we write to strongly encourage you to support legislation that we will be introducing alongside Representative Hodan Hassan. This bill makes small changes to ensure that all Minnesotans have full access to the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.
Earlier today, Governor Walz announced updates to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more middle and high school students to return to the classroom. All local school districts will be empowered to return all students to in-person learning as soon as February 22nd and all students must have the option of returning to the classroom in a hybrid or in-person setting no later than March 8th.
As the most diverse caucus in the history of the Minnesota Senate, Senate DFLers offer a vision for a better Minnesota with priorities that will improve people’s lives and protect their fundamental rights. Members of the Senate DFL held a press conference to announce their priorities for the 2021 legislative session and released the following statement:
Entering the second month of the legislative session, as thousands of students and teachers return to an in-person learning environment, an urgent need remains for additional state support to ensure a safe classroom and investment for stronger support services that can help address the learning crisis facing students.
In remarks delivered Tuesday, Republican leadership in both the House and Senate blamed Minnesota’s teachers and Governor Walz for keeping students out of the classroom, ignoring not just the unprecedented public health emergency facing Minnesota but also the tremendous work that has been done by educators to adapt to this challenge.