Senator Champion issues statement as Senate adjourns without a budget

The Minnesota Senate adjourned on Monday evening without passing a budget. In response, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:

“I am disappointed that the Senate did not complete our work in time, but as budget conversations go on, I will continue to fight for the best outcomes for my constituents.”

“Unfortunately, much of the Senate’s work on the most important issues has not yet been started or remains incomplete, even as Minnesotans demand action from their elected officials.”

“Throughout this legislative session, the Senate majority shamelessly refused to hold a single hearing on police reform and accountability. Senate Republicans similarly failed to enact necessary changes to our systems of criminal justice and law enforcement; changes which would have prevented communities from having to endure the irreversible harm caused by our criminal justice system.”

“In addition to pushing for police reform, I will continue to fight for equity investments and human-centered policies that will address the well-documented inequities faced by communities of color. The budget is a values document and it must demonstrate our value for all Minnesotans.” 

Senator Bobby Joe Champion
Senate PresidentSenate District 59
Bobby Joe Champion represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.

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