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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

2nd MEETING - Finance

January 22, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 2nd MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:08 A.M. on Monday, January 22, 2007, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Carlson, Chair
Sailer, Vice Chair
Anderson B
Clark
Cornish
Erhardt
Garofalo
Hausman
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Kohls
Lenczewski
Lieder
Mahoney
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom




Members excused: Finstad, Greiling, Hackbarth, Hilty, Juhnke, Kahn, Mariani, Severson

A quorum was present.

Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor and Judy Randall, Program Evaluation Division, Office of the Legislative Auditor, gave a Presentation of Legislative Auditor's report - "State Grants to Nonprofit Organizations".

Rep. Simon moved approval of the minutes of Monday, January 8, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Vice-Chair Sailer assumed chair at 10:48 A.M.
Chair Carlson reassumed chair at 10:55 A.M.

Marcia Avner, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, testified on behalf of the nonprofit sector in support of the Legislative Auditor's reports recommendations.

Emily Adriaens, House Fiscal Analyst gave a brief presentation about division accounts and funding base of the Early Childhood Learning Finance Committee.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo January 9-18, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 9 (Juhnke) Income and corporate franchise tax credit for qualifying investment in dairy operations.
HF 52 (Urdahl) Dairy operations income and corporate franchise tax provided for qualifying investments in dairy operations.
HF 64 (Urdahl) Dairy and livestock investment income and corporate franchise credit provided for qualifying investments.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 100 (Demmer) Farm enhancement loan program established, and money appropriated.
HF 101 (Demmer) Agricultural land excluded from the tax base for school bonded debt levies.
HF 104 (Sailer) Animals killed by order of the Board of Animal Health reimbursement limits removed.
To the Division on Capital Investment:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 19 (Gunther) Historical society previous appropriation balance canceled to the general fund, funding provided for the preservation of the Wells Depot and the Winnebago Museum, and money appropriated. -- recalled by memo on Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 25 (Anzelc) Itasca County infrastructure funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated
Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 28 (Scalze) Trunk Highway 36 Rice Street bridge funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 87 (Thao) St. Paul Asian Pacific Cultural Center predesign expenditures authorized from previous appropriation.
HF 102 (Shimanski) Winsted authorized to issue bonds for acquisition of a city hall, community center, and police station.
HF 109 (Fritz) Blooming Prairie street and sewer improvements provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
HF 143 (Peterson, A.) Minnesota River Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 164 (Murphy, M.) Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center arena funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 2 (Swails) Voluntary full-day kindergarten funding authorized.
HF 5 (Bly) Early childhood family education, school readiness, and Head Start program funding increased; and money appropriated.
HF 6 (Greiling) General education basic formula allowance increased by three percent per year.
HF 20 (Thissen) Prekindergarten scholarship granting organizations contribution income tax credit provided
HF 36 (Heidgerken) School district integration revenue modified.
HF 40 (Thissen) Employer postsecondary education expense tax credit provided.
HF 43 (Buesgens) Undergraduate tuition guarantee provided to Minnesota resident students.
HF 47 (Mullery) Learn to earn summer youth employment program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 58 (Mullery) Increased job training and wages for minorities initiative and report required.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 70 (Hosch) Independent School District No. 463, Eden Valley-Watkins, environmental hazard remediation funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 78 (Morrow) Voluntary full-day kindergarten funding authorized.
HF 98 (Anderson, S.) School district equity revenue increased for districts above the 95th percentile
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
HF 112 (Lillie) School district ice arena levy authority increased.
HF 115 (Peterson, A.) Independent School District No. 2853, Lac qui Parle Valley, severance levy authorized.
HF 118 (Fritz) Faribault; Paradise Center for the Arts grant provided to provide handicapped accessibility, and money appropriated.
HF 123 (Slawik) Education expense tax credit and deduction applied to certain expenditures for prekindergarten expenses and museum memberships.
HF129 (Thissen) Community partnership school grant-in-aid assistance program established, and money appropriated.
HF 138 (Simon) Community education revenue program funding increased.
HF 139 (Kranz) Early childhood family education, school readiness, and Head Start programs funding increased; and money appropriated.
HF 140 (Madore) Voluntary full-day kindergarten funding authorized.
HF 153 (Urdahl) School district shared superintendent aid provided, and money appropriated.
HF 154 (Slocum) General education basic formula allowance increased.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
HF 178 (Fritz) Early childhood family education funding increased, minimum population used to calculate revenue increased, and home visiting early childhood family education program revenue increased.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
HF 208 (Rukavina) School districts authorized to levy for health care costs.
HF 209 (Rukavina) Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board biomass facilities wood product reimbursement grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF 226 (Rukavina) Minnesota minerals 21st century fund unallotment restored, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy:
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
HF 167 (Thissen) Plasma arc technology and biomass or waste materials electricity generating facility pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 24 (Dean) Boomsite Wayside administration transferred to Natural Resources Department, and designated as a historic wayside.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 55 (Sviggum) Nursing facility payment rates increased to the geographic group III median rate.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
HF 120 (Mariani) Group residential housing rates modified.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
HF 185 (Ward) Group residential housing supplemental rates modified.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance:
Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 19 (Gunther) Historical society previous appropriation balance canceled to the general fund, funding provided for the preservation of the Wells Depot and the Winnebago Museum, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 56 (Thao) St. Paul Police Department Special Investigation Unit Asian Gang Task.
To the Division on State Government Finance:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 65 (Thissen) Notary public maximum fees increased. - recalled by floor action on January 11, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 83 (Hansen) Legislative auditor authorized to retain certain audit fees.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
HF 150 (DeLaForest) State agency fee moratorium imposed.
HF 160 (Hilty) Help America Vote Act account appropriations transfer authorized.-- recalled by floor action January 18, 2007
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
HF 18 (Lieder) Motor vehicle sales tax proceeds allocated.
HF 22 (Jaros) Walter F. Mondale Drive designated.
HF 23 (Erhardt) County wheelage tax authorized, vehicle registration tax provisions modified, transit fund and accounts established, motor vehicle sales tax revenues distributed, motor fuel tax rates modified, bonds authorized, and money appropriated.
HF 28 (Scalze) Trunk Highway 36 Rice Street bridge funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. - recalled by memo on Thursday, January 11, 2007
HF 45 (Thillberry) Trunk highway improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
HF 171 (Hackbarth) Gasoline tax attributable to the use of all-terrain vehicles percentage modified.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
HF 214 (Solberg) Grand Rapids railroad crossings safety improvements funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 223 (Thissen) Metropolitan Council transit route required to include service to Richfield in its regular route transit between Edina and Mall of America in Bloomington.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:31 A.M.



Rep. Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Presentation of legislative auditor's report - "State Grants to Nonprofit Organizations" Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base

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02:42 - Gavel. 03:00 - Presentation of legislative auditor's report - "State Grants to Nonprofit Organizations". 1:11:20 - Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base. Runs 1 hour, 23 minutes.