The Minnesota Legislature is back from our annual Easter and Passover break, and we’re hitting the ground running. This week, House DFLers are focused on crafting a strong state budget for the next two years. The budget bills we unveiled earlier this week will help Minnesotans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive after it ends. They invest in our youngest Minnesotans, our students, our workers, and our small businesses – those who’ve been impacted most by COVID-19 – and ask big corporations and the wealthiest individuals to pay their fair share so we can fund the things that Minnesotans value.
Protecting Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources
I’m very excited about the environment and natural resources budget that we put together this session! It’s a strong bill that addresses many significant threats to our state, including COVID-19, climate change, pollution and contamination, invasive species, and more. It contains funding to protect Minnesotans’ health and wellbeing as well as our air, water, land, and wildlife. Here are a few highlights:
If you’d like to learn more about the budget bill, you can watch a detailed walkthrough here. We will hear testimony from Minnesotans and vote on the bill this Thursday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. You can view it live here or watch it anytime on House Public Information Services’ YouTube channel. In addition, the Star Tribune recently published an opinion piece that highlights portions of the bill.
The Senate is advancing their own budget bills this week. After each chamber passes budget legislation, legislators will negotiate and work together to resolve differences between our proposals.
Upcoming Events and Activities
In addition to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee hearing tomorrow, there’s an exciting event coming up on Earth Day. Three researchers from the University of Minnesota are holding a virtual event on Thursday, April 22 at 4 p.m. to highlight Minnesota’s endangered animals and plants and talk about their work in this critical area. You can learn more and register for the free event here.
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