Republicans Throw in the Towel: New two-year budget takes budget negotiations backwards

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senate Republicans have refused to find compromise with Gov. Walz and House Democrats and instead today passed a new two-year budget that would result in budget cuts and layoffs across the state.

“This is not a continuing resolution; this is a new two-year budget for our state. We see this Washington-style politics on the national news every day and we haven’t done that here in Minnesota. It’s our job to put together a responsible two-year budget that address the needs of our citizens and our state,” said Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook.

“The new Republican budget takes state money away from our schools and raises local property taxes. It means two years with fewer corrections officers in our prisons and no broadband funding, ending pre-K opportunities for more than 4,000 Minnesota kids, and leaves colleges with no option other than increasing tuition. Maybe this bare-bones budget was the Republican goal all along,” continued Bakk.

The new two-year Republican budget passed the Minnesota Senate on a party-line vote.

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Tom Bakk is the Senate DFL Leader and represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

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