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Omnibus bills provide framework for the state's biennial budget plan
By Ricky Campbell
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At the beginning of the state’s two-year fiscal cycle, the first year of the legislative session is traditionally a “budget year.” It’s a lengthy process, but it’s one that requires a significant number of hands to craft the final document. In Minnesota’s divided government — a DFLer occupies the Governor’s Mansion and Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature — it demands both teamwork and a clash of ideals.

The massive omnibus finance bills currently making their way to the House Floor are part of the process and they are the culmination of the majority party’s spending priorities for the next biennium.

While state government is funded by revenues — taxes and fees — and has both required expenditures and pet projects, it’s a far cry from how a typical Minnesotan family earns and spends its money.

Yes, the state has vehicles to pay for the lights it turns on, but instead of planning a trip up north to the cabin, state government must somehow plan for a dynamic, changing economy, along with programs, services and infrastructure many Minnesotans rely on.

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Contentious omnibus health and human services finance bill to Ways and Means
By Tory Cooney

DFL members of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee roundly criticized the $13.73 billion omnibus health and human services bill before it was approved as amend...

More than $11 million sought for landfill hazardous waste removal
By Mike Cook

“It’s like a little mountain in the middle of town,” said Rep. Mark Uglem (R-Champlin). Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover), HF269 would appropriate $11.35 million in bond proceeds to remove hazardous waste and contaminated soil from an Andover landfill.

Federal approval hangs over compromise reinsurance proposal
By Ricky Campbell

A conference committee agreed to federal contingency in funding a $542 million reinsurance plan, sending the bill along for votes

Transportation bonding asks forwarded to House Capital Investment Committee
By Jonathan Avise

Big bucks through borrowing for roads, bridges, bus and rail lines were the focus of a barrage of bills heard Wednesday in the House Transportation Finance Committee.

House moves to give innocent owners ‘their day in court’
By Chris Steller

Proposal that would let them ask court for return of vehicle seized after a family member’s DWI now goes to governor.

House OKs fire sprinkler uniformity bill
By Ricky Campbell

A technical change to state law approved Wednesday by the House would go a long way for some homebuilders and contractors who say the cost of installing automatic fire sprinklers is stymieing townhouse construction.

Help for physicians wanting to practice in multiple states
By Tory Cooney

The House, with a 128-0 vote Wednesday, approved a technical change that would make it easier for physicians to receive expedited licenses in some other states.

MNsure would get axe under omnibus health and human services finance bill
By Tory Cooney

Incorporating language from more than 80 bills, the omnibus health and human services finance bill, HF945, as amended, calls for a $622.89 million cut from current spending.

Panel pushes omnibus jobs and energy bill to Ways and Means
By Chris Steller

The omnibus jobs and energy bill got a quick massage Tuesday from the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee, which adopted nine amendments. ...

Additional $111.5 million in biennial funding OK’d by public safety committee
By Mike Cook

The House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee was given a budget target that would increase biennial spending by $111.5 million, yet it isn’t enough to gain the support of all members.

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Dayton’s budget proposal prioritizes health, education and transportation
By Ricky Campbell

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday released a two-year, $45.8 billion biennial budget proposal that includes an expansion of MinnesotaCare, increased education spending and an increase...

Dayton proposes $1.5 billion bonding bill
By Jonathan Avise

Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session

Session opens with a number of unresolved issues
By HPIS Staff

It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017­-18 biennial session Tuesday.

Committee assignments announced for 2017-18 session
By Jonathan Avise

The 27 committees, subcommittees and divisions that House Republican leadership named in late November are at the core of the legislative process.

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