While the week was largely spent passing more of our budget proposals in the Minnesota House, we took a break on Tuesday - as I’m sure many of you did - to anxiously await the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
While a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin is just, it does not in itself deliver justice.
It is this truth that I held close, watching the reading of the verdict alongside my colleagues at the State Capitol. We have an obligation to ensure George Floyd's legacy is not simply the memory of a static, tragic event, but a living, enduring challenge to bend the moral arc of history toward justice. This work began anew the next day when we passed our Public Safety bill with strong reforms to reimagine policing and public safety.
The fight for justice endures.
A Budget for a Better Minnesota
We’ve nearly completed passing our full budget proposal off the House floor, with only the Health and Human Services Budget Bill waiting for us on Monday. So far, we’ve passed the following budget bills:
All together, we’re putting forward a comprehensive proposal that delivers economic security for working Minnesotans, quality education from cradle to career, the tools for a clean energy economy and climate-conscious infrastructure, and robust investments in the equitable, safe, and responsive Minnesota that everyone deserves - no matter what they look like, or where they live.
I’ve already provided an overview of the Housing and Public Safety components in our state budget, and now I’d like to walk you through the meaningful changes we’re proposing in our House Tax Bill. I spoke to the importance of the tax provisions on the House floor when we passed the bill yesterday, which you can watch below: