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November Budget Forecast Announcement & Sepcial Election Date Set

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the 2017 November Budget and Economic Forecast. Projections show a deficit of $188 million for the current biennium, and a projected negative balance of $586 million for the...more

Minnesota Department of Commerce Head Rothman Stepping Down to Run for Attorney General

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced his plans to step down after seven years to run for Attorney General in the 2018 election cycle. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Jessica Looman to serve as Commissioner of the...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor Dayton Line-Item Veto of Legislature Funding

Yesterday, the Minnesota State Supreme Court again upheld Governor Dayton’s line-item veto of the legislature’s operating funds. While not definitively ruling on the constitutionality of the action, the court objected to...more

Recapping the Minnesota Political Scene

Governor's Veto Upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court - The 2017 Minnesota legislature remains in limbo after the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Governor Dayton's line-item veto of the legislature's budget in retaliation...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature: What to Expect

The November general election obviously represents a sea change in how business will be conducted at the Minnesota state capitol when legislators return to work on January 3, 2017. House Republicans will enjoy a comfortable...more

Minnesota's 2016 General Election Results

Minnesota - With the polls—as well as the history books—closing only hours ago, we would like to give you a quick snapshot of how Minnesota voters rendered their verdict in yesterday's historic election. Most races have...more

Entire Minnesota Legislature Up for Grabs

Handful of Races to Decide Majorities - With less than two weeks before voters go to the polls to register their verdicts in the 2016 general election, the outcome for control of both bodies of the Minnesota legislature...more

Surprise! Minnesota Budget Forecast Delivers Bad News

Just a few days before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, legislative leaders received some unexpected bad news: A previously healthy $1.2 billion budget surplus projection had dropped by $300 million to $900...more

Minnesota Legislature Gears Up for March 8 Start

Retirements, an election year and economic forecasts will shape legislative session - Anticipation is growing for the March 8 start to the 2016 legislative session. This year there is an election looming and all 201...more

Minnesota's Long Term Budget Outlook Remains Strong

Minnesota's fiscal year 2016-17 revenues are now forecast to be $42.718 billion, a $90 million (0.2 percent) increase over end of session estimates. This brings the forecast balance to $1.871 billion, up from $865 million at...more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

Minnesota's $1.9 Billion Projected State Budget Surplus

Both Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders expressed their desire to target surplus dollars on long term investments. Specifically in education and transportation, Dayton would fully fund universal pre-K programs,...more

3/2/2015  /  Budget Surplus , State Budgets

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight: Dramatic 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns

In dramatic fashion, and with some historic footnotes, the 2013 Minnesota Legislature concluded its work last week....more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight - 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session: A Summary Of What's Happened, A Preview Of What's...

The Minnesota Legislature reconvened this past Tuesday after a weeklong break. Committees have taken to task assembling omnibus bills to meet the third committee deadline of April 19. This deadline was set in January for...more

Government Relations Insight: The Governor's State Of The State Address, Budget Conversations, The Health Insurance Exchange And...

On Wednesday, February 6, Governor Mark Dayton gave his third State of the State address. In his speech, he was reflective about how far the state has come the past two years and set the tone for the coming two years....more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight: Legislature Opens For Business

After a dramatic November general election, the Minnesota Legislature convened the 2013 session this week with the DFL party firmly in control of state government for the first time in 22 years....more

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