Public safety funding is one high-visibility part of the state budget that’s apparently still up-in-the-air with five days until an expected special session next Monday. Police accountability measures have been a big sticking-point, with inner city Democrats wanting many more changes than Republican lawmakers say are needed. G-O-P Representative Brian Johnson from Cambridge:
“Have a little bit of idea of what’s going on, but I’m not at liberty to say at this time. There has not been much of any movement.”
Saint Paul Democrat Carlos Mariani says Minnesotans deserve “a fair and thoughtful approach to better policing” to stop the “senseless trauma that too many people, families and neighborhoods continue to experience — especially communities of color.”
Republicans are calling on Minneapolis leaders to tap a quarter-billion dollars of federal money to beef up law enforcement as the City of Lakes faces another summer of violent crime.