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Supplemental public safety spending ‘a Band-Aid,’ committee chair warns

The House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee receives testimony from state corrections and public safety officials April 16 during a presentation on the committee’s supplemental budget bill. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview) is very clear that the $9.56 million in the supplemental finance bill approved by the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday will do a lot of good to help crime victims throughout the state.

But she is equally clear that the amount isn’t sufficient to help all the people who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

“This is just a Band-Aid to get us through to the next [budget] cycle,” she said. “We need to think more long-term about how we fund these really important programs. They are absolutely essential to Minnesota.”

The Moller-sponsored HF5216, as amended, next goes to the House Ways and Means Committee.


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