Senator Kunesh on the end of the 2021 legislative session

The 2021 legislative session came to a close today with work still left to do and a special session on the horizon.

Following adjournment, Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) released this statement:

“The people of Minnesota elected us to do the work necessary to pass a budget, pass meaningful legislation to better the state, and get us out a pandemic as smooth as possible. Instead, this session came to a close with more work still left to do. I have been ready since day one to put in the work necessary to support working families, give our schools and students a chance to survive a pandemic, provide equitable health care, take action for a cleaner future, and much more.

“Yes, we will be returning for a special session to pass a state budget that will be agreed upon, but my hope is that beyond the budget, we can work together to pass meaningful police reform, so our communities can not only feel safe, but are safe; give Minnesotans a chance to care for their families by passing the Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation; pass the bill to create the Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives to assist Native communities across Minnesota; to pass the Teachers of Color, Indigenous legislation; and to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment legislation so it’s in our state’s constitution.”

Mary K. Kunesh represents Senate District 39, which covers the communities of St. Anthony Village, New Brighton, Hilltop, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and a portion of Spring Lake Park.

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