House and Senate DFL Leadership Statement on Governor Walz’s State of the State Address

Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, and Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen released the following statements on Governor Walz’s fourth State of the State address:

“After two years of remote speeches, it was a pleasure to welcome Governor Walz back to the House chamber for the State of the State,” said House Speaker Melissa Hortman. “Despite divided government, we have consistently found ways to work together and make progress for the people of Minnesota. I remain optimistic that in the remaining weeks of session we will be able to find common ground to reduce costs for families, support workers, invest in Minnesota’s students and schools, and address our public safety challenges. Together, we can build a Minnesota where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.” 

“Governor Tim Walz and Democrats in the Legislature are working together to provide direct help for Minnesotans who are struggling,” said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “Minnesotans work hard every day, but when hard work alone isn’t enough to get ahead or even make ends meet, something’s got to change. As lawmakers enter the final stretch of this year’s session, Minnesotans will be watching, and they will remember who we fought for.”

“The Governor tonight delivered a road map to show Minnesotans where we have been, but more importantly, where we need to go to ensure that our state’s families, our businesses and our communities can succeed,” said Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen. “He reminded us that we’ve all been through a lot in the past few years. But – with his guidance and leadership – we now have an unprecedented budget surplus, we are pushing beyond a punishing pandemic, and – if we meet this moment – we can continue to move our state forward. But he also reminded us we still have unfinished work to do in order to put money back in people’s pockets, keep families safe and healthy, and keep our long-overdue promises to the frontline heroes who got us through the depths of the pandemic. I agree with him that those should be Minnesota’s priorities as we move toward the end of this legislative session and into the future.” 

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