Remember February? The days were shorter, colder and lawmakers prioritized conforming Minnesota’s tax code with a December federal overhaul, patching MNLARS, groups were jockeying for capital investment money and, at the end of that month – 12 weeks ago – the administration announced the state had a projected extra $329 million in the bank.
Fast-forward to Sunday, the final day of the 90th legislative session, which ended at 11:48 p.m., shortly after the House approved a pensions-related bill. But most of the day, Republican legislators and the governor spent going back and forth at each other in the media.
Early Sunday morning, the House passed a massive omnibus supplemental spending package. Then, around 4 p.m. Sunday, the House, in a second attempt within a week, passed a tax conformity bill that included special education funding requested by Gov. Mark Dayton. With minutes remaining before the constitutional deadline, the House passed a $1.4 billion capital investment bill and sent it to the governor.
Bill would direct state agency to gather data probing link between pornography and sex trafficking.
The bill would recognize June 29 – the four-star general’s birthday – as 'General John Vessey Day.'
A proposal to increase the threshold for direct bid contracts with small businesses is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Doctors may be required to ask abortion-seeking patients if they want to view an ultrasound of the fetus.
HF1180 would require hands-free cellphone use when operating a motor vehicle, unless “the vehicle is legally pulled over to the side of the road, has come to a complete stop, and is not obstructing traffic.”
A joint convention of the House and Senate chose Randy Simonson to fill the open First Congressional District seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
With only 12 days left in the legislative session and a federal tax conformity crisis looming, the omnibus tax conference committee met Wednesday with the goal of quickly sending a palatable bill to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.
The omnibus House and Senate supplemental budget bills differ greatly in some appropriations; the policy differences are vaster.
Republican lawmakers used a Wednesday hearing of the House State Government Finance Committee to further solidify their position of using funds reserved for U.S. Bank Stadium to pay for three new veterans homes in Greater Minnesota.
Introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) and Sen. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), HF2470/SF2259, aims to stop the cycle of opioid misuse and addiction through education.
The conference committee tasked with hammering out the differences that divide the House and Senate on a laundry list of major issues met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Republican legislative majority offers mixed reactions to proposed tax system overhauls and DMV fixes.
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
The budget process explained — and why it matters