Senator Cohen

COVID-19 Minnesota Fund Included in COVID-19 Response Legislation

Today, the Minnesota Senate passed a bipartisan bill providing support for Minnesotans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes the creation of the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund, which transfers $200 million from the general fund to ensure state resources are immediately available to respond to the needs of our state and citizenry.

Kent, Cohen, Rest, Dziedzic respond to February Forecast

Minnesota Management and Budget today announced the state’s expected budgetary balance increased $181 million since the November forecast, leaving Minnesota with a projected positive budget balance of $1.513 billion for the FY 2020-21 biennium. Senate DFLers released the following statements.

Senate DFL Caucus Releases 2016 Budget Targets

Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), Senate Tax Committee Chair Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook), Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove), and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) have released the 2016 budget targets for the Minnesota State Senate. Senate DFL Budget targets reflect the stated priorities of the Senate DFL Caucus: investing in transportation, building Minnesota, expanding education opportunities, and supporting equity for workers and families.

Cohen announces new Finance Division

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) has announced two Finance Committee Division changes for the 2016 legislative session which begins on March 8, 2016.