In his final budget adjustments, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday announced he would spend $226 million of the state’s projected $329 million surplus, with an emphasis on school safety and education, transportation infrastructure, expanding broadband and altering taxes to conform to recent changes in federal law.
Dayton’s plan, which he called “almost revenue neutral,” centers on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and then hinges on many of the governor’s top priorities. “I’m going to warn you in advance,” he said. “This is complicated.”
The governor’s plan includes $20 million in revenue changes – taxes – by reinstating business and industrial property taxes, restoring tobacco and premium cigar taxes, adding new taxes to exempt data centers and ending certain corporate tax reliefs afforded in the federal code. Dayton pitched expanding the Working Family Tax Credit and separating the state income tax system from the federal government’s system by using adjusted gross income instead of federal taxable income – a change that would give 1.9 million Minnesotans an average of $117 in tax relief.
The House State Government Finance Committee approved Rep. Tim Miller’s bill to appropriate bond proceeds for the purchase of the Prairie Correctional Facility on a party-line, roll-call vote.
HF3246 hopes to help children coping with traumatic events in their past by creating a task force to study and report on a plan for a trauma-informed approach throughout the state.
HF3356 would prohibit the Department of Public Safety from suspending a person’s driver’s license on the basis of an unpaid traffic ticket, parking fine, or surcharge.
In the wake of a new report, the House Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care about abuse and broken promises at assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
It is not illegal under Minnesota’s fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct code to intentionally touch the clothing area over someone’s rear end. Sponsored by Rep. Regina Barr (R-Inver Grove Heights), HF2800 would criminalize the activity.
Day care access is a top concern for countless working and low-income parents throughout the state. For some, it’s even become a crisis. Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (...
As shrimp begin to gain a foothold in Minnesota’s agricultural economy, additional work is underway to help aquaculture grow across the state in the years to come. The House...
The state agency that delivers services to Minnesota’s poor, elderly and disabled could be the subject of a restructuring work group. Sponsored by Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prio...
An effort to close the gender and racial wage gaps in Minnesota was met with an hour-long discussion during the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee on Tuesday.
Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) is sponsoring two bills that aim to position Minnesota as national leader in the area of cybersecurity.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
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