Senate DFL Accomplishments

Lowering Costs and Bringing Stability to Minnesotans

We delivered historic investments in the needs of our communities in areas like education, health care, housing, childcare, and public safety, and passed a balanced budget without a special session. 

We delivered $3 billion in tax relief, the largest package of tax relief in state history that will help seniors, renters, homeowners, working families, and provides direct rebate checks to Minnesotans. 

Lowering costs for family budgets

  • Federal tax conformity (HF 31)
    • The very first bill passed by the new Senate DFL Majority made changes to Minnesota tax law to conform with federal taxes – providing $100 million in savings to Minnesotans. Instead of gridlock, this was only the beginning of a transformational legislative session that delivered for Minnesotans
    • In the news: Tax conformity’ benefits taxpayers
  • Universal School Meals (HF 5
    • Providing nutritious meals at no cost takes financial pressure off parents, eliminates the stigma of food insecurity for students, and fully compensates schools for the costs of providing lunches and breakfasts for all. 
    • Research is abundantly clear that students cannot learn if they are hungry. By passing universal school meals, we’ve ensured students are ready to learn, and provided a school lunch tax break to all Minnesota families. 
    • In the news: Minnesota Senate Backs Free School Meals for All Students
  • $50 million in emergency rental assistance for Minnesota families (HF 1440
    • This emergency assistance helped keep families in their homes and receive stable shelter, access essential healthcare and help for substance abuse, and get the support they need to meet their basic needs. 
    • Stable housing is the foundation of safety, wellbeing, and growth in our communities. 
  • Rural Finance Authority bond issue and appropriation (HF 463
    • Provided $50 million in new funding for this essential program to help Minnesota’s farmers.  
    • The loans from this program are helping farmers throughout Minnesota purchase land, ma
  • Establishing a statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave program (HF 2) 
    • A historic investment in Minnesota families and economic security, we passed the state’s first Paid Leave program.  
    • Starting in January 2026, the program will support all workers by offering partial wage replacement and job protections if they need to access leave to care for themselves or a loved one, to welcome a new child into their family, to serve in the military, or need safety leave.    
    • Paid Family and Medical Leave has proven to lead to better health outcomes for children and mothers, reduces use of other public programs and services, expands the number of individuals able to join the workforce, and reduces turnover in employment. The program is a transformative investment in making Minnesota the best state to live, work, and raise a family.  
  • Extended unemployment insurance for Northshore miners (SF 40) )
  • Emergency Food Shelf Funding (HF 213
    • After a record-breaking number of visits to Minnesota food shelves in 2022, we provided $5 million in emergency funding to restock the shelves and provide for families in need.  
  • Omnibus Housing budget bill (HF 2335) )
    • Budget: $1 billion 
    • The largest single investment ever from the state for the construction of new housing in Minnesota, which will build thousands of units of workforce and affordable housing throughout the state.  
    • Includes significant aid to help keep people in their homes with significant rental aid and support for Minnesotans in need of stable housing, including the Bring it Home voucher program.  
    • This budget will help keep thousands of Minnesotans in stable housing. 

Health Care Affordability

  • Omnibus Human Services budget bill (SF 2934
    • Funding 
      • $1.35 billion (FY25-25) and $1.56 billion (FY26-27) 
      • $300 million crisis funding for nursing homes 
    • A person-centered budget to enable the elderly and people with disabilities to live well and receive services that meet their needs 
    • Direct aid to keep the doors open and hire new caregivers at financially distressed nursing homes 
    • More than $850 million for direct care, support services, and workforce recruitment for senior care 
    • $776 million for Personal Care Assistants, providing for new statewide minimum wage of $20 an hour for PCAs 
  • Department of Human Services policy provisions modification (SF 2819
    • Updated and clarified state law throughout the Department of Human Services to streamline processes and ensure bureaucracy doesn’t get in the way of services. 
  • Department of Health policy provisions modification (SF 2212
    • Removes obsolete language and information from state law, requires coverage of hearing aids in health plans for all Minnesotans with hearing loss, and ensures that gender-affirming care is covered in public health plans. 
  • Omnibus Commerce policy bill (SF 2219
    • Funding 
      • $10 million (FY24-25) and $10 million (FY 26-27) 
    • Helps reduce costs for Minnesotans: 
      • Drug Price Affordability Board: creates a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to review and limit how much Minnesotans pay for high-cost drugs and prohibits drug manufacturers from price gouging. 
      • Capping Payday Lending: helps individuals break away from the cycle of predatory lending that is built into payday loans by capping interest rates on short-term loans while developing a character-based small-dollar loan program. 
      • Banning Price Gouging in States of Emergency: prohibits retailers from increasing the prices of essential goods and services when a public emergency is declared by the governor.    
  • Disaster assistance contingency account funding (HF 1278
    • Funding 
      • $40 million from the general fund in FY 2023 
    • Provides $40 million to the state’s disaster assistance contingency account to unlock federal funds when available and to provide state aid if a disaster doesn’t qualify for federal aid.
  • Omnibus Military Affairs and Department of Veteran Affairs budget bill (HF 1937
    • Budgets 
      • Military Affairs: $61 million in 24, $29 million 2025 
      • Veterans Affairs: $146 million in 2024 and $132 million in 2025. 
    • Highest level of investment in veterans and military affairs in Minnesota history. 
      • A new working group will assess the quality of care provided at the state’s domiciliary homes to ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care. 
      • Expanded eligibility for veteran bonuses and GI Bill benefits 
      • Increased GI Bill educational assistance award amounts. 
      • Grant funding to organizations such as Camp Bliss, Veterans on the Lake, Every Third Saturday, Meals on Wheels, and the Veterans Resilience Project to provide direct services and community to veterans.