Sen. Carlson

Senator Jim Carlson statement on passage of Omnibus State Government Finance Bill

The State Government Finance Omnibus Bill passed off the Senate Floor on Friday, June 25. While the bill includes important policy provisions and necessary funding for critical state agencies, a surprise poison pill amendment was added by Senate Republicans to end the governor’s emergency powers on July 1, while Governor Walz has announced he will end his emergency powers August 1.Ending the FEMA-mandated emergency powers will cost Minnesota $90 million in federal funding that is primarily dedicated to low-income assistance. Senate Republicans further prevented a popular non-partisan amendment to fund Greater Minnesota County Attorney’s requests to the Attorney General’s office for assistance in prosecuting serious criminal cases.

Senator Carlson statement on Minnesota business community’s support for voting rights

The leaders of several of Minnesota’s largest employers including Cargill, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy, Target, and C.H. Robinson have spoken out against nationwide voting suppression efforts, and have reaffirmed their support for the fundamental freedom to vote. The support comes in response to legislative efforts that have been introduced in 47 states that would interfere with the ability of voters to cast their ballot.

Senate Republicans attack Minnesota’s elections and public workers

On a party line vote Wednesday, Senate Republicans moved forward the State Government Omnibus Budget Bill, which includes $23 million of budget cuts. These budget reductions to state agencies would create significant cuts in staffing levels, impede agency responsiveness, increase waiting times for services, and reduce the quality of services provided.