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Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium 

Budget forecast

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal.

Released Thursday, the November Budget and Economic Forecast shows the state with a projected $1.037 billion available for the upcoming biennial state budget.

“The long-term fiscal stability of the state is in good shape,” said Jim Schowalter, commissioner of Minnesota Management & Budget. “This forecast continues to show a balance between our budget and expenditures, both in the current biennium and going into the future.”

The twice-annual forecast from MMB provides a snapshot of the state’s economy and predicts if the state should have a projected surplus or budget deficit.

(Above: Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, and House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt greet after they both made comments regarding the Dec. 4 release of the November Budget and Economic Forecast. Photo by Paul Battaglia)

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The 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die
Saturday, May 17 2014 8:00 AM
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The 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die.

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Per Minnesota Statute, the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature is set to convene on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12 p.m.

News and Notes

2015-2016 House Membership Statistics 

Unofficial as of Nov. 5, 2014

72 Republican members

62 DFL members

90 members are men

44 members are women

54 Republican men

36 DFL men

18 Republican women

26 DFL women

Newly elected members

26 newly elected members

21 newly elected Republican members

5 newly elected DFL members

19.4 percent of members did not serve last session

20 newly elected members are men

6 newly elected members are women

90.7 percent of incumbents were re-elected

0 Republican incumbents lost

11 DFL incumbents lost

15 seats were open at the time of the election

9 races were uncontested

View the full roster of 2015-2016 Minnesota House of Representatives Members-elect

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2015-2016 House membership statistics and an updated members name pronunciation guide

When news from the House warrants

The 2013-2014 legislative session concluded May 16, and the 2015 session is scheduled to convene Jan. 6. Until then, Session Daily will not be published on a regular basis. However, you can be assured that we will keep you informed when news from the House warrants.

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Until next year (or when news from the House warrants).

Looking to the 2015 session

Operating on a biennium, and according to Minnesota Statute 3.011, the Legislature convenes on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. So the start date for the 2015 session is Jan. 6, 2015. In the even numbered years, it convenes on a date set by joint agreement of both bodies. The state constitution limits the Legislature to meeting 120 legislative days during each biennium. 

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