July 23 â Every legislative session has its share of conflicts, especially when it comes to spending money, and this year was no exception. That Republicans and DFLers could work together to craft compromise plans that both generate the necessary funds and take care of needy Minnesotans after a difficult year was nothing short of an incredible achievement.
However, the session left more work to be done in the future. Three points regarding the adopted and signed Minnesota budget and the 2021 legislative session that are worth noting:
1. Two tax compliance bills brought Minnesota in line with the rest of the country in not taxing federal business loans under the Federal Paycheck Protection Plan. The bills also included tax exemptions for Minnesotans who received up to $ 10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits. Caring for those hard hit last year is a Minnesota value we respect. We support this decision.
2. Education and early childhood programs in Minnesota receive much needed funding. The state education budget receives an increase of over 2% over the next two years. The allocation includes the retention of preschool programs and programs to promote diversity among educators as well as funds that districts may use at their discretion. The budget also contains $ 300 million in grants for child care providers for the next two years. We congratulate both sides of the aisle as they took the opportunity to invest in our children.
3. Similar success has not been found in police reform. Minnesota policing practices have been discovered nationally and internationally, and these need to be addressed. The lack of compromise and even the willingness to discuss alternative solutions is a disappointment. Congratulations to this result.