We're hours away from finalizing a state budget and wrapping up our work at the Capitol. In the House, we’ve passed the following bipartisan budget bills: Legacy; Agriculture and Broadband; Higher Education; Commerce, Climate, and Energy; Transportation; Housing; Environment and Natural Resources; Jobs and Labor; E-12 Education; Health and Human Services; Public Safety and Judiciary; and State Government, Elections, and Veterans. If you’d like to read more about these bills, you can click on the links above to view a nonpartisan summary provided by House Public Information Services.
My colleagues and I worked hard to make the new budget as strong and as equitable as possible. While the compromise budget we developed with Senate Republicans doesn’t go as far as the budget proposal House DFLers originally approved, it’s still a significant step forward. The investments in students, families, workers, and small businesses that we delivered will help Minnesotans recover from the past year and thrive in the future. Here are some of the highlights:
We’re hearing our final bill – the Taxes budget – this evening. If you’d like to watch the debate, a live video is available here. You can also follow my official Facebook page for updates from the Capitol.
Governor Walz signed the Environment and Natural Resources budget into law yesterday!
Metro Transit Receives Grant for Electric Buses
In other good news, Metro Transit was recently awarded a federal grant of almost $4.2 million. The agency plans to use the Low- or No-Emissions grant to purchase eight more electric buses to use on core routes. The new buses will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent pollution and further impacts of climate change. You can read more about Metro Transit’s plan for the grant money here.
Stay in Touch
As the special session comes to an end, I’m looking forward to spending more time in our community over the next few months and to continuing conversations about how we can better ensure Minnesotans and communities across the state have the resources they need to succeed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas, or feedback. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or by phone at (651) 296-6828.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend.