Today, the Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus State Government and Elections Budget Bill. Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) released the following statement on the bill:
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 a jury declared former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts in the death of George Floyd: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center police. Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) released the following statement about this tragic incident:
Today on the Senate floor, Senate Republicans voted for an under-funded Higher Education Omnibus Budget Bill (SF 975) that invests just $43 million in Minnesota’s post-secondary institutions and students. Though the bill increases the student grant fund, it falls short in funding both the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State at a time when both systems have faced serious budget challenges due to the pandemic.
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.
The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives tonight elected four University of Minnesota Regents to govern the University of Minnesota. The Regents elected are Dr. Ruth Johnson for the first congressional district, James Farnsworth for the fourth congressional district, Kodi Verhalen for the sixth congressional district, and Doug Huebsch for the seventh congressional district regent.