The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a plan to make small changes to the state’s pension systems.
The House passed the measure on a mostly partisan vote of 79 to 52.
Rep. Mary Murphy, a Hermantown Democrat who chairs State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Committee, said the measure will improve the state’s pensions and bring them closer to being fully funded.
The Duluth teachers’ pension will be folded into a larger state pension fund, costing taxpayers $15 million a year. Declining student enrollment and fewer teachers make the Duluth pensions no longer sustainable, according to an analysis.
“It is fraught with problems,” said Rep. Mike Benson, R-Rochester. He said the measure increases the risk of “a train wreck down the road” and wants a tougher look at pensions.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."