Sen. Jim Carlson

Senator Jim Carlson Responds to the February Budget Forecast

The Minnesota Management and Budget agency released their February budget forecast Friday and projected a positive budget balance of $1.6 billion for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021. The forecast reflects higher revenues than previously projected, lower state spending, and the effects of new federal aid.

‘Hands-Free’ Cell Phone Legislation Passes in the Minnesota Senate

Today, Minnesota is one step closer to safer roads thanks to the passage of HF 50. Modeled after laws present in 16 states and Washington D.C. the ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill is the culmination of years of work and advocacy on this public safety issue. State Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) has been a vocal proponent of ‘hands-free’ legislation throughout his legislative career.