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Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Priorities Take Shape as Second Deadline Looms

Legislators and committees are racing to meet the second deadline, which occurs at midnight tonight. All policy bills must be approved by committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate by this deadline to remain viable as...more

3/20/2017 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislation Continues to Move as First Committee Deadline Nears

Today marks the first committee deadline in the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or the Senate. Next Friday is the second committee deadline, by which all...more

3/13/2017 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets Tax Credits Wine & Alcohol

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Surplus and Sunday Alcohol Sales

With the first committee deadline rapidly approaching, policy committees worked overtime this week processing bills. There was also House floor action on two higher profile issues the Legislature is addressing this session:...more

3/6/2017 - Budget Surplus Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets Wine & Alcohol

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislators Weigh Transit Plans, Met Council Structure

With two weeks before the first deadline, legislators are scrambling to get their bills heard and passed through policy committees. The Legislature also met in a joint floor session to elect four new members to the University...more

3/2/2017 - Legislative Agendas Opioid REAL IDs State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with the...more

2/20/2017 - Income Taxes Legislative Agendas Property Tax State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: College Affordability Proposals Headline Active Week

Legislative committees continued hearing proposals on issues ranging from wetland funding and palliative care to redistricting and tax benefits for retired CIA employees. House and Senate Tax Committee’s heard Governor Mark...more

2/13/2017 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Committees Transition to Processing Bills - Legislative committees completed the pivot from background briefings to processing bills this week, working on topics ranging from how best to provide paid parental leave and...more

2/6/2017 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees State and Local Government State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: MNsure Premium Relief Passes, Governor Dayton Proposes Budget

This was a busy week for Governor Mark Dayton. On Monday, the House of Representatives and Senate held a joint session to hear the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. The evening took a startling twist when the...more

1/30/2017 - Capital Investments Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Movement on MNsure, Real ID in Short Week

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week, with offices closed on Monday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On Tuesday, legislators were back and committees continued with introductory hearings and began hearing...more

1/24/2017 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas REAL IDs State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Committees Meet for the First Time

Most House and Senate committees met for the first time this past week. Hearings were spent receiving introductory briefings and listening to caucus staff, experts and agencies review the issues each committee is expected to...more

1/16/2017 - Clean Water Act Governor Dayton Governor Vetoes Legislative Agendas Section 404 Tax Credits

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: The 2017 Session Convenes

In the first week of the 2017 session, the Minnesota legislature determined leadership positions in both the House and the Senate and got to work on high-priority issues. 2017 Session Convenes - The House and Senate...more

1/9/2017 - Department of Revenue Governor Dayton Health Care Providers Income Taxes Legislative Agendas State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 2017 Legislative Session Preview

On January 3, 2017, not only will the 90th session of the Minnesota Legislature convene, but the Minnesota Capitol building will once again be open to the public after undergoing a three-year, $272 million comprehensive...more

1/4/2017 - Budget Surplus Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas Paid Leave State and Local Government State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Legislative Update: Budget Forecast

With the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session approaching, we wanted to send a quick update on the recent budget and economic forecast. Budget Forecast On Friday, December 2, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)...more

12/6/2016 - Legislative Agendas State and Local Government State Budgets

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Election Results

In January 2017, Donald Trump will begin his term as the nation’s 45th President. Both bodies of Congress will also be under Republican control. Trump’s win brought Republican victories to Minnesota as well. The Minnesota...more

11/10/2016 - Political Campaigns Political Candidates State and Local Government State Elections Trump Administration

Minnesota 2016 Primary Election Recap and General Election Preview

On August 9, Minnesota held its 2016 primary elections, and November 8 is 2016 general election day. In addition to the presidential race, all eight of Minnesota’s congressional districts and all 201 seats in the Minnesota...more

10/18/2016 - Absentee Voting General Elections Presidential Elections Primary Elections

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

5/26/2016 - Budgets Capital Investments Legislative Agendas Paid Leave State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

When the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session was adjourned sine die at midnight on Sunday, May 22, legislators had sent a $259 million Omnibus Tax Bill and a $182 million Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Governor Mark...more

5/25/2016 - Legislative Agendas State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Ten days remain before the last day of the Minnesota legislative session May 23, 2016. Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met twice in the past week to negotiate an agreement on...more

5/16/2016 - Legislative Agendas Online Sales Tax Paid Leave REAL IDs State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

With just over two weeks of session remaining, the window for Minnesota legislators to pass a final transportation bill, tax bill, bonding bill and supplemental budget bill is closing quickly. Conference committee members...more

5/9/2016 - Legislative Agendas OMB REAL IDs State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The House and Senate focused on their funding bills this week, with each body considering their respective set of supplemental budget recommendations. Legislators spent late nights working through the bills and abundant...more

5/2/2016 - Legislative Agendas Paid Leave State and Local Government Student Loans

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

4/25/2016 - HHS Legislative Agendas OMB Paid Leave Teachers

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

4/18/2016 - Legislative Agendas Property Tax Public Safety

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The second of three Minnesota legislative committee deadlines arrives tonight at midnight. By this second deadline, committees must act favorably upon a bill that met the first deadline in the other house, or the bill does...more

4/11/2016 - Department of Agriculture Department of Revenue HHS Legislative Agendas Paid Leave State and Local Government

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The first of three Minnesota legislative committee deadlines arrives tonight at midnight. By the first deadline, a committee must act favorably upon a bill in its body of origin or the bill does not move forward. As a result,...more

4/4/2016 - Identity Protection Services Legislative Agendas Paid Leave Riparian Rights

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/25/2016

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week, with no official business on Friday due to their Easter recess. The legislature will return on Tuesday, March 29, at noon. This week, committees continued to hear budget details...more

3/28/2016 - Identity Protection Services Legislative Agendas Riparian Rights State and Local Government State Budgets Unemployment Benefits

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