Thomas J. Hanson

Thomas J. Hanson

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Doug Loon named new Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President

After a nationwide search conducted by an independent firm, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Doug Loon has been selected as its new president. Loon, who will fill the vacancy left by David Olson...more

7/2/2015 - Administrative Appointments Chamber of Commerce

Special Session: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The illusive Special Session lived up to its hype. Despite the close proximity of the two temporary chambers in the State Office Building, the bodies were far apart in their desired outcome for the session. After...more

6/16/2015 - Appropriations Bill Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas New Legislation State Budgets

3 Vetoes; 2 Hearing Rooms; 1 Month ‘Til Shutdown

Vetoed Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two more budget bills (he vetoed E-12 last week) over the last weekend. The latest vetoes mean there are even more issues for legislators and the Governor to resolve in a Special Session. No...more

6/1/2015 - Appropriations Bill Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State Budgets Veto Rights

Week In Review - May 2015 #4

Special Session - As promised, Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed the $17 billion education funding bill on Thursday, as passed by the Legislature at the close of the 2015 session. Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill because it...more

5/26/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State Funding

Week in Review - April 2015

The Legislature recessed on Friday, March 24 for an Easter/Passover Break returning Tuesday, April 7. Tax Cuts - When Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol next week, they will be thinking about how they...more

4/3/2015 - Legislative Agendas

Week in Review - March 2015 #3

Friday marked the first committee deadline and thus a flurry of activity at the Capitol to act favorably on bills in their respective policy committees. MNsure - When Governor Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget...more

3/23/2015 - Health Insurance Legislative Agendas Railroads State Budgets Surface Transportation Wine & Alcohol

Week in Review - March 2015 #2

Surplus - The state Republican Party has approved a “Give It All Back” ad campaign encouraging Gov. Dayton and the Legislature to return all of the projected $1.9 billion budget surplus to Minnesotans in the form of...more

3/16/2015 - Budget Surplus State Budgets

February Forecast Projects Larger Surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced a short time ago that the surplus for FY 2017-2017 has ballooned to $1.869 billion. This $832 million increase is mostly the result of additional revenue collections. Here is...more

3/2/2015 - State Budgets

Week in Review - February 2015 #3

Pay Raises/Ebola Funding - Reacting to the firestorm over the Governor’s recent salary increases for his Commissioners, the House had inserted language to cut the funding for one year for the Departments of Health, HHS...more

2/23/2015 - Affordable Care Act Ebola Electronic Communications HHS

Week in Review - February 2015

MNsure - In light of issues MNsure has encountered during its first year, Sen. Tony Lourey (D-Kerrick), Senate Health and Human Services Budget Committee Chair, wants more accountability. His bill eliminates the Board...more

2/9/2015 - Ebola Healthcare Infrastructure Legislative Committees Medicaid Mental Health

Week in Review - January 2015 #2

Transportation - On Monday, Governor Dayton presented his 2015 Transportation proposal. His proposal would bridge the $6 billion State highway transportation funding gap over the next 10 years by raising new dedicated...more

2/2/2015 - Funding Highways Infrastructure Public Projects Roads State Budgets State Funding

Minnesota House Committee Schedule Released

The incoming Republican Majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives released the 2015-16 committee schedule today. The new schedule can be found below. The House will meet regularly in session on Mondays and Thursdays...more

12/1/2014 - Legislative Committees

Important Budget and Legislative Dates

While everyone is focused on the upcoming November 4th elections, Minnesota’s Executive Branch is quietly assembling budget recommendations for the FY 2016-2017 biennium. These recommendations ultimately will be presented to...more

9/11/2014 - Legislative Agendas State Budgets

The Minnesota Legislature recessed around dinnertime on Thursday, April 10 and will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 22.

Before departing for their planned Easter/Passover break, the House and Senate pushed through a number of bills in a flurry of activity. Unusually short committee deadlines drove this process. These deadlines were: March 21...more

4/14/2014 - Deadlines Legislative Agendas State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

3/3/2014 - Legislative Agendas Sales & Use Tax State Taxes Telecommunications

Minnesota House and Senate Set 2014 Committee Deadlines

House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), announced today the three committee deadlines for the 2014 session. They are...more

2/6/2014 - Legislative Agendas

Dayton Picks his Chief of Staff as Running Mate

Governor Mark Dayton announced this morning that Tina Smith will be his running mate as Lieutenant Governor on the 2014 ballot. Smith replaces current Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon who recently announced that she...more

2/5/2014 - Political Campaigns

State Releases Forecast Summary: $825 Million Surplus Available for 2014 Session

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released aggregate economic forecast numbers this morning. The total surplus announced, before subtractions for past shifts, is $1.086 billion for fiscal years 2014-15. After the...more

12/6/2013 - State Budgets

Minnesota House sets Pre-filing of Bills Deadline for January 13, 2014

The Minnesota House has set January 13, 2014 as the deadline for the pre-filing of bill introductions for the 2014 Legislative Session. All pre-filed bills will be posted publicly and will be available for interim committee...more

11/12/2013 - Filing Deadlines

So You Want to Know What's Going on in the Tax World

Did the estate tax change? I heard my income tax rate went up. I heard the historic tax credit was extended. These questions and many more are being asked by individual and business taxpayers in the wake of the 2013 Minnesota...more

10/31/2013 - Department of Revenue Tax Reform

MMB Releases October Economic Update

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the October Economic Update on Thursday, October 10th. The report can be found on the MMB web page below. Below is key information in a question and answer format....more

10/14/2013 - Economic Development Government Shutdown Revenue

"Minnesota has...well, had a surplus"

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) has released the end balance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 which ended June 30, 2013. This surplus balance of $636 million was immediately used to repay the K-12 school shift. Details of the...more

10/7/2013 - Department of Revenue Public Schools Revenue

State Revenue Lower than Expected for 2nd Straight Month

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced revenue collections for August are $26 million less than projected. For the FY 2014-2015 biennium (which began July 1), collections are running $46 million behind what was...more

9/12/2013 - Revenue State Budgets

Health Care Exchange Moving Forward

In Minnesota we have become used to the dog days of summer: long hot days spent at the lake, at the state fair, or soaking up sun in the yard. But a new tradition can now be added to these time-honored rituals. For the past...more

7/31/2013 - Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare

How to Read Minnesota's Economic Reports

As a former Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner, I am frequently asked about the practical differences in the three methods the State of Minnesota uses to provide economic and budget information to the general...more

7/18/2013 - Economic Development Revenue

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