On Friday, April 4, the Minnesota House Rules Committee approved the construction of an $89.5 million project that would provide for a new office building for state senators. This expensive new building has been a priority of Senate Democrats since the 2013 Legislative Session. Then on Monday, House and Senate Democrats announced they had finally come to an agreement on imposing an increase in the minimum wage. Senate Democrats had initially been uncomfortable with the idea of tying an increase of the minimum wage to inflation. The new agreement would empower the commissioner of the Department of Labor & Industry to suspend inflation-adjusted increases if warranted by economic conditions.
While DFL legislative leaders decline to say so, many in St. Paul saw this turn of events as the result of a deal between House and Senate Democrats. While Democrats may celebrate, I’m more concerned for the hardworking taxpayers who will have to foot the bill for the fancy new office building for politicians. Minnesotans should expect better of their elected officials.
With the legislature now in session, I can be reached via email at email@example.com. To contact me by phone, call (651) 296-9918. Mail can be sent to Rep. Steve Green, 231 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.