Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham made the following statement in response to Governor Walz and legislative leaders agreeing to a framework on the 2022 supplemental budget:
“After listening to working Minnesotans, Governor Walz and the DFL-led House are delivering billions in investments towards job-creating infrastructure & transportation projects, additional resources for classroom teachers and students, much-needed funding for pandemic-strapped health and human services, and a boost for public safety.
“The $4 billion in tax cuts in this agreement carries some risks for future state budgets. However, with the agreement now in place, we urge lawmakers to steer tax cuts towards working people and families whose wages aren’t keeping up with increasing costs.
“Divided government isn’t easy; and we thank Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, and pro-Labor lawmakers for fighting for working Minnesotans at the Capitol. As we have all session long, the Minnesota AFL-CIO will be closely watching the session’s final days and which lawmakers stand with working people.”