Letter: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

May 20, 2019 GMT

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill ahead of its May 20 adjournment date to fund state government for the next two years if there is no agreement on the state budget.

The proposal passed on a 35-31 vote.

Minnesota is constitutionally required to have a balanced budget or government will shut down on July 1, 2019. The bill is a safety measure to ensure that state government continues to operate if lawmakers do not come to an agreement.

From public safety to agriculture to our state parks, Minnesotans depend on their state government huge variety of services each and every day. This is responsible legislation that makes sure Minnesota stays open.


While I am still hopeful legislative leaders and the governor arrive at a compromise that meets the needs of all Minnesotans, we also must be prepared for the worst.

That’s what this “lights on” legislation is all about.

Sen. David H. Senjem, District 25,Rochester