Jul 28, 2021
The Minnesota Legislature passed fourteen separate omnibus budget bills. It doesn't seem to matter what party the legislator is from. Almost all of them voted for this $55 billion travesty. The Republicans are bragging about Governor Walz giving up his emergency powers, but the cost to get that was huge. It should have been done a lot sooner and for less of a price. They passed the largest increase in K-12 funding in the last 15 years. 2.5% increase from the funding formula, which good luck figuring that one out. They are giving funding to specifically recruit teachers of color. The GOP caved on requiring vouchers for private schools.
tax cut... of which 85% was from not taxing the Payroll Protection loans. These should never have been taxed to begin with, but are not a tax cut. Between this and added unemployment benefits, Sen Carla Nelson (R- Rochester) believes the economy has seen a great boom! What about the people that have worked hard all the way through the pandemic? There's no cuts for those people. They also passed a public safety bill that strengthens criminals. The Democrats had to drop a proposal to remove certain types of traffic stops. Watch for that to come back. We also got "sign and release" warrants for low-level offenders that had missed a court appearance. Also... they passed California Cafe (emissions) standards. That will have a long list of local impacts. Thanks, guys. Way to hold the line.
We also discuss the latest battle of words between Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci. There are some real concerns in children and teens that take the vaccine, per the inventor of the RNA technology.
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