Senate DFLers highlight legislative priorities for 2022 session

As the 2022 legislative session opened, Senate DFLers outlined their legislative priorities in a morning press conference, announcing that they will prioritize lowering costs for Minnesota’s families, addressing concerns about public safety, and investing in the health and economic needs facing communities across the state. 

An Economy that Works for Minnesotans

Minnesota has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic far better than our neighboring states. The Senate DFL will press an economic plan to accelerate our recovery and strengthen our state’s prosperity, including advancing equity for communities of color by:

● Fueling Minnesota’s recovery from COVID-19 by protecting the health and safety of Minnesotans, recognizing the sacrifices of frontline workers, and keeping our economy open safely  

● Enacting responsible tax cuts for families, seniors, and small businesses that put more money in their pockets while protecting the state’s economic stability 

● Lowering the costs of goods and services to help Minnesotans keep more of their paychecks 

● Supporting and creating job training and retention programs to create a skilled workforce that drives economic recovery and expansion 

● Creating more affordable childcare and high-quality early education options that support working families, childcare providers, and businesses 

A Safer Minnesota with Thriving Neighborhoods and Communities 

Minnesotans want safe and thriving neighborhoods and communities where they can live, work, and raise their families. The Senate DFL is working to make Minnesota communities safer by: 

● Enacting proven prevention strategies that disrupt criminal activity, stop violence, and improve overall public safety throughout neighborhoods, including support for mental health services and early intervention for teenagers and their families 

● Prioritizing crime prevention and reduction by ensuring law enforcement officers have the funding they need to serve communities and keep Minnesotans safe 

● Promoting community policing that is responsive, trustworthy, and accountable to the public 

● Protecting our democracy by ensuring access to the ballot box and pushing back against the misinformation and election interference that undermines our way of life and fuels extremism

A Focus on Health, Wellbeing, and Quality of Life 

Minnesota is known for its economic innovation and opportunity, some of the best healthcare in the world, strong public schools, and a rich outdoor heritage. The Senate DFL will strengthen and protect the things that make Minnesota a great place to live by supporting:

● Access to affordable health care, including mental health care, that’s there when we need it 

● Top-notch teachers in every classroom and strong schools in every neighborhood, where parents are partners and every student has the resources they need to succeed 

● Safe, stable, and affordable housing for children, families, and seniors throughout Minnesota 

● Solutions to tackle climate change, protect Minnesota’s precious air, land, and water, and drive business innovation