Joint, bipartisan committee focuses on differences in comprehensive state government budget bill
Senator Andrew Mathews (R-Milaca) has been named to the bipartisan legislative conference committee on the comprehensive state government budget bill. Conference committees are joint House-Senate committees tasked with working out differences in legislation passed by each respective body of the legislature. The comprehensive state government budget bill passed by the Republican-led Senate funds government operations and makes substantial reforms to state agency contracts, budgeting, information technology, and oversight. The bill also strengthens Minnesota’s ability to respond to cybersecurity threats.
“As we work with the House of Representatives to resolve differences in our respective state government budgets, I will continue to focus on efficiency and accountability in our government agencies,” said Senator Mathews. “Minnesotans expect their taxpayer dollars to be used responsibly and wisely, and the Senate state government budget funds the priorities of Minnesotans while significantly improving state government operations.”
The budget includes several provisions related to government reform and accountability, including a zero-based budgeting requirement that requires a more thorough review of state programs to determine their effectiveness before continuing funding. There is also a provision requiring a freeze on full-time employee positions, allowing the state to recoup and redirect funding for vacant positions. Additionally, the budget includes provisions making significant reforms to state contracts, limiting the fiscal impact and ensuring Minnesota does not spend beyond its means.
“Over the last decade, government bureaucracy has continued to grow while Minnesota families are asked to foot the bill,” added Senator Mathews. “The Senate budget aims to ensure Minnesotans receive the best value possible from their state government while holding the line on irresponsible spending and tax increases.”
Further, the bill includes funding for the state’s cybersecurity needs and election equipment. Combined, these efforts protect Minnesota against cyber-attacks and improve voter integrity within our state election system. The Senate state government budget also funds Minnesota’s constitutional offices and other government boards and commissions including Minnesota IT Services, the Department of Administration, Minnesota Management and Budget, the Department of Revenue, Minnesota Historical Society, and the Humanities Center.