Today, Senate DFL Caucus Leaders Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina), Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), and Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) issued the following statement on the Senate Republican decision to walk away from a signed budget agreement:
“Senate DFLers, Governor Walz and the DFL House are committed to doing what it takes to deliver for Minnesotans. But delivering for our state depends on Republicans showing the same commitment. Unfortunately, the only commitment they’ve shown is a repeated willingness to ignore their responsibility.
The decision by the Senate Republican majority to turn their backs on Minnesotans by walking away from an end-of-session agreement is an unacceptable and stunning failure of leadership.
Their refusal to continue negotiations has derailed billions of dollars in tax cuts for Minnesotans and denied badly-needed funding for schools, long-term care, public safety, and a job-creating bonding bill.
Minnesotans expect us to finish our work and keep our agreements but that doesn’t matter to the Republicans in the Senate. They’d rather cut and run than finish the work they were elected to do.
When the Senate GOP won’t honor the signature of its own leader, it makes it less likely future signed agreements will be kept. Minnesotans expect legislators to keep their promises”