Minnesota Government Update - Week in Review


New Regents Elected

After a contentious process that included accusations of partisan politics, the newest members to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents were formally elected on Monday evening by the full Legislature. Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum; Minnesota Power executive David McMillan; David Larson from Cargill, Inc.; and former State Representative Laura Brod were all approved by the Legislature. The controversy stemmed from selection of Laura Brod to the at-large seat over current regent Steven Hunter, who is an AFL-CIO official. With Hunter off the Board, there is no labor representation, as there has been historically. Each member will serve a six-year term.

Governor’s Budget Receives Tough Scrutiny

Representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) have spent the last two weeks at the Capitol testifying on the Governor’s budget recommendations for their agency. The Health and Human Services committees are holding hearings with Department staff to scrutinize the Governor’s proposed budget. DHS is responsible for the administration of Minnesota’s health plans, child and family services and welfare, chemical and mental health programs, continuing care administration, and Minnesota’s sex offender program. While almost everyone agrees most of these programs are necessary, the best way to deliver these programs has been a highly debated topic. Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle have raised questions about cuts to one program leading to higher costs in another and the measurable outcomes related to return on investment. DHS has repeatedly answered the question “why this program” with the statement “…these decisions were not made easily or taken lightly this is best we can do…”

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.