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Dayton’s budget proposal prioritizes health, education and transportation


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 in the state’s gas tax.

The spending plan, called “An Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota,” is about $1.2 billion more than the current two-year budget. It includes expansion to the working family and child care tax credits, would close corporate tax loopholes and include sales tax “clarifications.”

To offset the increased spending, which includes a $312 million insurance premium relief bill, the budget banks on the state’s November forecast that projects a $1.4 billion surplus.

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Event Schedule

House Education Innovation Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 8:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF1478 (Loon) Unrequested leave of absence provisions modified.
HF1398 (Jessup) General education development term modified.
HF547 (Fenton) Child and Adult Care Food Program administration by the Health Department provided.
HF149 (Urdahl) Minnesota school finance reform effort working group established, and money appropriated.
* If you plan to testify, please email Andrew Hasek - andrew.hasek@house.mn.
* Due to time constraints, the committee will be limiting testimony to 2 minutes per person.
* Bills may be added.
* Bills may be heard in any order.

House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 8:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF1292 (Fabian) Timber sales requirements modified, and requirements for outdoor recreation rules modified.
HF1581 (Cornish) Natural resource enforcement and penalty provisions modified, and criminal penalties provided.
HF1291 (Fabian) Permitting requirements modified, expedited environmental-review billing options provided, reclamation appeal provisions modified, and Environmental Quality Board eliminated and duties reassigned.
* If you want to testify, please email the committee administrator - amy.zipko@house.mn.
* Other bills may be added.

House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF184 (Cornish) Predatory offense penalties increased, and predatory offender registration required.
HF470 (Cornish) Public safety motor vehicle tampering crime created, and criminal penalties established.
HF1159 (Cornish) Peace officer ability to carry firearms in private establishments clarified.
HF915 (Cornish) Corrections and Military Affairs deficiency funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1343 (Zerwas) Pretrial filing of a transcript prerequisite for admission into evidence of law enforcement body camera recordings eliminated.
HF742 (Zerwas) Administrative and disciplinary segregation guidelines in state correctional institutions established, and report required.

House Agriculture Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF1511 (Anderson, P.) Farmer-Lender Mediation Act modified, and minimum debt amount increased.
HF1221 (Anderson, P.) Nuisance liability protection for agricultural operations modified, Farmer-Neighbor Mediation program established, and mediation for disputes with farming operations required.
HF1165 (Backer) Farmer financial eligibility conformed to the general poverty-based standard, and income limit removed.
HF199 (Anderson, P.) Adjacent landowner notification required when noxious weed presence is confirmed.
HF983 (Anderson, P.) Feeder's lien modified to clarify eligibility of those who furnish feed to a livestock producer, and livestock production input lien and temporary livestock production input lien eliminated.
HF1545 (Hamilton) Food Safety and Defense Task force extended, and animal definition modified.
Farmer-Lender Mediation Task Force Report

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF713 (Miller) Statewide sex trafficking victim strategic plan and report required, and money appropriated.
HF714 (Miller) Child sex trafficking prevention director duties modified; forfeited money from public safety commissioner transferred to health commissioner; shelter, services, and other activities provided for sexually exploited youth and youth at risk of sexual exploitation; and money appropriated.
HF106 (Zerwas) Community medical response emergency medical technician service criteria modified.
HF1564 (Franson) Pregnant and parenting teen home visiting service funding provided, and money appropriated.
* If you would like to testify, please contact Shiloh Larson, Committee Legislative Assistant, at shiloh.larson@house.mn.

House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1638 (West) Helmets to Hard Hats funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF792 (Theis) Townhouse definition modified.
HF705 (Garofalo) Adult workforce development initiatives in greater Minnesota funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF984 (Baker) Gasoline tax rate signage required.
HF879 (Rosenthal) Statewide education and outreach program implementation required to protect vulnerable adults, seniors, and caregivers from financial exploitation; and money appropriated.

House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 28 2017 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF868 (Jessup) Greater Minnesota internship tax credit modified.
HF1409 (Nornes) Teacher candidates of color financial aid provided, and money appropriated.
HF1206 (Albright) Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council modified, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury student research scholarship and education program created, and money appropriated.
HF1430 (Zerwas) State grant program parameters adjusted.
HF1222 (Nornes) Higher education provisions modified.
HF1652 (Zerwas) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities required to develop a developmental education reform proposal.
HF1575 (Omar) Summer academic enrichment program funding provided, and money appropriated.

WEDNESDAY - House Floor Session
Wednesday, March 1 2017 12:15 PM
Watch: Live Event
House Floor Session

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Committee deadlines

The 2017 committee deadlines are:

  • March 10 — committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
  • March 17 — committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and,
  • March 31 — committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
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