ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Chris Eaton (DFL–Brooklyn Center) is calling out Republicans for acting on the state budget and posting conference committee reports literally in the dead of night, with no notice and no accountability. This runs contrary to promises of transparency made by both leaders of the Republican House and Senate.
“Just four months ago, Republican leaders promised accountability and said legislative work would take place in committees – in the light of day. How quickly they have forgotten their promises to Minnesotans. Last night, Republicans abandoned all attempts at compromising with the Governor and posted their bills last night in the dark of night.”
With no public notice, Republicans signed finalized conference committee bills. Most of these conference committees have not taken public testimony, and provided dark-of-night notice of the early morning hearings today.
“This isn’t what democracy looks like, nor what Minnesotans expect their government should be run. This is appalling behavior that runs counter to every promise Republicans made as they took office in January. I am saddened for what this means for our state,” said Senator Eaton said.
For Minnesotans, this late night mischief means they have no say in the $1.5 billion Republicans are rolling out the door. If you are upset by this kind of back-door, late night dealing – contact your legislator and let them know you want the people of Minnesota’s business conducted in the light of day.
The following conference committee reports were signed and posted last night with no public notice:
- Education Finance Bill
- Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill
- State Government Bill
- Veterans and Military Affairs Bill
- Health and Human Services Bill
- Agriculture and Housing Bill
- Higher Education Finance Bill – passed out of committee this morning
Tax Bill – passed out of committee this morning