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RELEASE: Heintzeman: End of Session Trainwreck Proves Balance is Needed in St. Paul

Monday, May 20, 2024

SAINT PAUL – The 2024 legislative session came to a rocky and unprecedented finish in the Minnesota House of Representatives Sunday evening as House Democrats rolled dozens of unrelated bills into a massive 2,800 page omnibus bill, used procedural motions to shut down debate, and forced a vote just minutes before the midnight deadline.

State Representative Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, said that the end of session was unlike anything he’s ever seen during his time in the legislature:

“Last night’s end to the 2024 legislative session was the final nail in the coffin to what’s been a dysfunctional two years of Democrat control of state government,” said Heintzeman. “Entering 2023, Minnesota had an $18 billion budget surplus and a tremendous opportunity to provide meaningful tax relief for Minnesota families. Instead, government spending grew 40%, taxes grew by $10 billion, and the state is facing a budget deficit beginning next year.

“This year, the legislative session ended in chaos with Democrats introducing and then ramming through a 2,800-page omnibus bill with just minutes before the midnight deadline. Despite having months to finish their work on time, Democrats chose dysfunction over Democracy and completely shut out the elected voice of greater Minnesota . This shameful lack of leadership will not soon be forgotten and proof that balance is needed in St. Paul now more than ever.”