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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

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/18/2016

The Minnesota Legislature had a full schedule of committee hearings and floor sessions this week. Some hearings were already scheduled into the evening. Governor Mark Dayton released his supplemental budget recommendation,...more

3/21/2016 - Chemicals Department of Health Legislative Agendas Medical Leave Unemployment

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/11/2016

The second year of the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature began Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Only 10 weeks remain in the brief legislative session. This first week of session highlighted the significant partisan divide with...more

3/14/2016 - Legislative Agendas State and Local Government Tax Cuts Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Insurance

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Legislative Session Preview 02/2016

The second year of the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on March 8, 2016. This year’s session is unusually late and will last an atypically short 11 weeks. The February Forecast released today projects...more

2/29/2016 - Department of Natural Resources Department of Revenue Healthcare Legislative Agendas Public Transportation Retirement State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Legislative Session Preview

Legislative activity is picking up in St. Paul as the 2016 Minnesota legislative session draws near. The Governor and legislative leaders created several working groups, each with members from the House and Senate, to...more

1/25/2016 - Government Bonds Governor Dayton Infrastructure Legislative Agendas

Minnesota's Projected Surplus Continues to Grow

Minnesota's November budget and economic forecast was released on December 3, 2015, showing a projected $1.9 billion budget surplus for the remainder of the FY 2016-2017 biennium. This is $1 billion above the budget surplus...more

12/7/2015 - Budget Surplus Governor Dayton State Budgets

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up

After 10 years of budget deficits, the Minnesota Legislature convened in January to set the state’s biennial budget with a projected $1.9 billion surplus. This surplus spurred hope of an orderly session and predictions of tax...more

5/31/2015 - Bonds Budget Surplus Chemicals Children's Products Dentists Drug & Alcohol Abuse Governor Dayton HHS Infrastructure Legislative Agendas Pollinators State Budgets Tax Cuts Tax Reform Wetlands

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

During the final 10 days of the 2015 session, Governor Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk and Speaker Daudt met frequently, attempting to reach a final agreement to end the session. Last week, the negotiators agreed to table...more

5/22/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/15/2015

The focus at the Capitol this week for the Minnesota Legislature has been budget negotiations among Governor Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk and Speaker Daudt. As of Friday morning, only two targets have been released —...more

5/18/2015 - Governor Dayton State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

With the clock running out for the legislature in 2015, members are spending more time in each chamber. Majority leadership from each body has been working with the Governor to find middle ground between gaps in budget plans....more

5/11/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Committees State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

With committee deadlines out of the way and the last day of the session approaching, the Minnesota House and Senate went to work this week passing omnibus bills on the floor and appointing conference committee members....more

5/4/2015 - Legislative Committees New Legislation

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

All week, both chambers and their respective finance committees have been working toward tonight’s third deadline of the session, by which committees must act favorably on major appropriation bills....more

4/27/2015 - Appropriations Bill Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/17/2015

This week, as the Minnesota Legislature worked on finance bills, Governor Mark Dayton took the opportunity to comment on the House and Senate budget proposals. He criticized both plans for being too low in most regards....more

4/20/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas Property Tax State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

The legislature returned from a week off and started putting together omnibus finance bills, which must be out of committees by April 24. With just over a month left in the session, the pace of activity will continue to...more

4/13/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Committees Proposed Legislation Public Safety State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

With policy committee deadlines out of the way, Minnesota state legislators return this week to focus on passing finance bills, working in conference committees, and putting together a bonding bill. ...more

4/8/2015 - Legislative Committees Pending Legislation State Budgets

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

Today marks the end of the second deadline week at the Capitol. Non-finance bills which have not been heard in all required House and Senate policy committees by midnight tonight may not be acted upon. ...more

3/30/2015 - Legislative Agendas Minimum Wage Pending Legislation State Budgets Wage and Hour

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