We’ve passed all of our budget proposals off the House floor, and the next step in finalizing Minnesota’s budget for the next two years are conference committees. These committees are made up of House and Senate members, who work to craft consensus legislation between the two different budget proposals from each chamber.
I’m honored and excited to share that I was appointed to serve on the Higher Education Conference Committee. We have a duty to deliver quality, affordable, and responsive higher education to the students who seek knowledge at our exceptional colleges and universities. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to craft a bill that, while it may look different from what we passed in the House, stays true to that duty to Minnesotans. I’m confident we can come together to support a comprehensive, world-renowned higher education system that can help Minnesota bounce back from this pandemic.
Our Higher Education budget, like most of our budget proposals, is very different from the Senate’s. Being one of the only divided state legislatures in the nation, it’s up to us to show that good governance can still come from compromise, and I look forward to doing my part in advocating for the budget Minnesotans deserve.
In a recent announcement from the Federal Government, the deadline to obtain a REAL ID has been extended to May 3, 2023. This will help relieve some of the pressure on our local Driver and Vehicle Services offices, which have been overwhelmed with requests to renew expired drivers licenses and vehicle registration tabs, and give Minnesotans more time to obtain this updated form of identification.