Minnesota House GOP unveils public safety priorities

Minnesota lawmakers are working out their respective budgets for public safety.

Tuesday morning, the Minnesota House GOP released its priorities to address rising crime across the state. Their $20.5 million-plan includes adding shot spotters, body cameras and more aggressive prosecution of criminals. The plan also would create a new carjacking offense, increase penalties for repeat offenders and outlaw gun possession for certain violent criminals.

“With the crime rates spiking, it’s something that we absolutely need to take action on, it’s something that we must take action on in a bipartisan basis,” House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said.

Republicans said they do believe they’ll have bipartisan support for many parts of their plan, which they called their top priority of the session.

The announcement comes as the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) released a summary of its latest economic forecast Monday, estimating the state’s current projected surplus at $9.253 billion.

Gov. Tim Walz has already unveiled his plan for public safety, which calls for spending $300 million in public safety grants with local governments deciding how best to target crime in their communities.

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