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Crime in the crosshairs as major Minnesota legislative, campaign focus in 2022

Public safety is a top priority for both parties, but also a chance for attacks across the aisle


January 31, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington talks about the public safety aspects of Gov. Walz's supplemental budget.

Minnesota legislators returning to the Capitol Monday will accelerate a debate on crime that is already stoking fierce partisan tensions against the backdrop of an election year.

A persistent rise in violence in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond has prompted proposals for new tough-on-crime legislation from Republicans and calls for more money for community policing and restorative justice from Democrats. Both parties identify crime as a top priority this session, but with statewide offices and control of the Capitol up for grabs this November, the topic is fast becoming a platform to lob attacks across the aisle.

"This moment requires new solutions, not old politics," said state Rep. Cedrick Frazier, a New Hope Democrat who is the chief sponsor of the House DFL's $100 million public safety budget proposal this year.


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