Two committee deadlines are down and the third — when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills — is two weeks away.
A key benchmark toward reaching that final deadline took place Friday afternoon when Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his supplemental budget based off the state’s projected budget surplus.
Before that, things were hopping in the House with committees meeting day and night. Among issues addressed in the past five days include: collegiate student activity fees, data sharing, elections changes, gas tax revenue, jumbo shrimp, reinsurance program, teacher seniority, terrorism funding and zero-based budgeting.
Before looking ahead to next week which could include the first omnibus finance bill unveiling, let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
Stay safe out there.
Ag committee approves farm safety bill
Jumbo shrimp farms touted as new agriculture industry
More money for pre-K education, savings are priorities in governor’s revised budget
Howe pleads case for ‘painful’ state budgeting process
Governor, lawmakers agree families need help with care costs — but how much?
‘Snow Angel’ grants would provide $4 million for ski areas
Teacher seniority no guarantee of job retention under bill that passes House
Student concurrent enrollment programs seek equal footing
Omnibus elections bill calls for calendar shifts
Minnesotans could cast ballots marked ‘Challenged’
Political workers would not qualify for dislocated worker aid
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LCCMR bill moves forward despite substantial changes
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Advocates call for more cash assistance to help families in need
Fees strain middle class families with children who are disabled
Some wanting to marry find they’d be barred from a state program
Group residential homes seek more funding to support services
House passes reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing individual market
Proposed post-secondary programs for students with disabilities offer opportunity
Mandatory Minnesota State student activity fees could be no more
Patchwork of local policies has lawmaker saying ‘no’ to their state aid
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Making Minnesota better for veterans: Chair says ‘nonpolitical’ approach is best
Funding a terrorist act deserves a felony charge, bill says
Not just a metro problem — money sought to target central Minnesota sex traffickers
Starting line: Gun violence prevention bill hopes to boost community safety
Sheriffs could refer more inmates for local mental health services
RECREATION AND TOURISM
Minnesota Zoo seeks $3.75 million in Legacy funding
State’s IT service needs consolidation, $3 million in cuts proposed
Increased data sharing sought among government agencies
‘Deeper type’ of financial audit on CTIB, Met Council draws Otto’s ire
Push to find budget savings means mid-level agency numbers could dwindle
State employees could opt out of state’s insurance coverage
Minnesota Index: Shining a light on government data
Utilities would pay property taxes based on plants’ output
Cities make case for more local street funding
Lawmakers seek solution as more electric vehicles mean less gas tax revenue
Special license plate would ‘honor those who have fallen’
Road weight limit exemption sought for ambulances
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