On Saturday, the Minnesota Senate approved a bill to fund state government in the event of a legislative stalemate. The legislation, HF2032, fully funds state government operations at the forecasted level for the next two years.
“The legislature’s top priority must always be the people of Minnesota – and as budget negotiations continue, we have a responsibility to prepare for all possible scenarios. That includes the possibility of a lapse in funding,” said Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne). “From public safety to agriculture to our state parks, Minnesotans depend on their state government for a whole host of services each and every day. This is responsible legislation that makes sure we keep Minnesota open, keep Minnesota working, and keep Minnesota safe.”
If a budget agreement is not reached by June 30, all state government funding would cease until a budget is passed. In 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in The Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate, et al., v. Mark B. Dayton that no legal mechanism exists to fund essential state government services outside of a legislative appropriation. As such, this legislation fully funds state government at the forecasted levels for the next two years – ensuring there is no lapse in funding for essential state government services.
The legislature is constitutionally-mandated to adjourn on Monday, May 20.
“While I am still hopeful legislative leaders and the governor can arrive at a compromise that meets the needs of all Minnesotans, we also must be prepared for anything. That’s what this legislation is all about,” Senator Weber continued.
Senator Bill Weber, of Luverne, represents communities in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock counties in the Minnesota Senate. Senator Weber serves as chair of the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee.