Measure Invests in Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Mental Health, Youth Intervention, and Bolsters the Court System.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis)said the Senate has passed a historic public safety budget to keep Minnesota’s communities safe by investing $880 million in law enforcement, crime prevention, mental health services, youth intervention programs, and bolstering the state’s court system. It also includes proven gun violence prevention measures that are widely supported in Minnesota and across the country.
Majority Leader Dziedzic said the Judiciary and Public Safety budget bill authored by Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), is a balanced approach to public safety. It supports crime victims, crime prevention, holds offenders accountable, and funds recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers.
“This historic $800 million public safety budget gives Minnesota’s law enforcement, and our courts the tools they need to ensure our families and communities are safe,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “It supports victims of crime, invests in mental health services, funds youth intervention programs and the Department of Human rights. Minnesotans have told us they want to be safe where they live and keep their kids safe in school. We have heard them, and we are acting,”
“This is a well-balanced approach to public safety that makes investments in effective and proven strategies to making our communities safer while ensuring every Minnesotan has a fair shot at justice,” said Senator Latz, Chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. “We have created a budget that reflects the priorities and needs of our communities, and I look forward to moving this important legislation forward.”
The budget bill must now be passed by the House before it is sent to the Governor to be signed into law.