Sen. Wiger

Senator Chuck Wiger announces he will not seek re-election in 2022

State Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Wiger was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996, and now serves as the ranking DFL member for the E-12 Education Policy and Finance Committee. He has been in public service since first being elected to the District 622 School Board in 1973 at the age of 21. He was also elected to the Ramsey Soil and Water Conservation District, and has served on the Metropolitan Council.

Senate Wiger statement on omnibus education bill

The Minnesota Senate advanced the omnibus education budget bill Thursday on a vote of 37-29. The bill, SF 960, has one of the lowest education budget targets in recent budget cycles and for the first time in decades doesn’t include an increase in the basic funding formula. It also includes an expensive voucher proposal and closure of the Perpich Center for the Arts.

Senate Veterans Omnibus Bill Advances

The Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee passed its omnibus budget bill (SF 485) today on a unanimous vote. The bill provides $8 million in new funding for the Department of Military Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and provides a total of $208.22 million.