On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center police. Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) released the following statement about this tragic incident:
On Thursday, Senator Kent Eken (DFL- Twin Valley), Senator Lindsey Port (DFL- Burnsville), Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), Senator Putnam (DFL-Saint Cloud), Senator Johnson Stewart (DFL-Minnetonka), Senator Carlson (DFL-Eagan), Senator McEwen (DFL-Duluth), Senator Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), and advocates from Fair Vote MN to discuss the need to enact Ranked Choice Voting in federal, state, and local elections. This press conference comes as Senate Republicans continue to work to take away local communities right to enact Rank Choice Voting.
Today on the Senate floor, Senate Republicans voted for an under-funded Higher Education Omnibus Budget Bill (SF 975) that invests just $43 million in Minnesota’s post-secondary institutions and students. Though the bill increases the student grant fund, it falls short in funding both the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State at a time when both systems have faced serious budget challenges due to the pandemic.
On a party line vote Wednesday, Senate Republicans moved forward the State Government Omnibus Budget Bill, which includes $23 million of budget cuts. These budget reductions to state agencies would create significant cuts in staffing levels, impede agency responsiveness, increase waiting times for services, and reduce the quality of services provided.
The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives tonight elected four University of Minnesota Regents to govern the University of Minnesota. The Regents elected are Dr. Ruth Johnson for the first congressional district, James Farnsworth for the fourth congressional district, Kodi Verhalen for the sixth congressional district, and Doug Huebsch for the seventh congressional district regent.
Today, March 9, 2021, Senate DFLers convened a press conference to discuss their priority in this legislative session around investing in our students and schools so that our education system supports all students, regardless of their race, zip code or economic status. Among their education legislative priorities this year is fully funding education to provide relief to districts that were affected this past year due to COVID-19 and to make efforts to close the opportunity gap within Minnesota’s current system.