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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

5th MEETING - Finance

February 05, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 5th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M. Monday, February 5, 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
Finstad
Garofalo
Greiling
Hackbarth
Hausman
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Juhnke
Kahn
Kohls
Lenczewski
Lieder
Mahoney
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom



Members excused: Mariani

A quorum was present.

Doug Berg, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance.

Vice-Chair Sailer assumed chair at 10:24 A.M.
Chair Carlson resumed chair at 10:27 A.M.

Rep. Mahoney moved approval of the minutes of Monday, January 29, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPOVED.

Rep. Rukavina provided priorities of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance Division for the session.

Rep. Murphy, M. provided priorities of the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division for the session.

The bill under consideration:
HF 160 First Engrossment (Hilty) Help America Vote Act account appropriations transfer authorized.

Rep. Kahn moved adoption of the State Government Finance Division Report on HF 160 First Engrossment. (See language at: http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0160.1.pdf ). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF 160 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Bert Black, Legal Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State responded to questions regarding HF 160 First Engrossment.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF 160 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Jim Schowalter, Budget Director, Finance Department and Lisa Mueller, Executive Budget Officer presented the 2007 Report of Fastest Growing Expenditures, based on November 2006 economic forecast.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo January 29 and February 1, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 497 (Urdahl) Rural Finance Authority loan funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 158 (Urdahl) Livestock farming operations construction materials sales tax exemption provided.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 371 (Slocum) Richfield; Capital improvements for athletic fields construction provided, bonds issued and money appropriated.
HF 372 (Slocum) Richfield; Capital improvements for a new arterial street construction provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 378 (Johnson) St. Paul National Great River Park improvements provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 379 (Hausman) St. Paul Union Depot improvements provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 380 (Hausman) High-speed rail line between St. Paul and Chicago state's share provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 381 (Hausman) Central Corridor Transit Way between St. Paul and Minneapolis provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 386 (Kalin) St. Paul to Hinckley Rush Line Corridor provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 397 (Murphy, M.) Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center arena money appropriated.
HF 407 (Dean) St. Croix River in Stillwater flood control levee project provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 418 (Bigham) Red Rock Corridor transitway funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 471 (Morrow) Lake Titlow watershed improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 502 (Beard) Scott County regional public safety training facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 513 (Lenczewski) Bloomington; Old Cedar Avenue bridge removal and replacement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 370 (Mahoney) Higher education asset preservation and replacement established, and money appropriated.
HF 377 (Thao) Lifetrack Resources immigrant and refugee collaborative programs grant provided and money appropriated.
HF 385 (Nornes) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities tuition freeze provided, job training programs consolidated, online courses offerings increased, and money appropriated.
HF 389 (Hamilton) Jackson County Central school district fund transfer authorized.
HF 398 (Huntley) Tuition and fees paid by Wisconsin residents attending the University of Minnesota regulated.
HF 409 (Morrow) Library telecommunications aid and telecommunications/Internet access equity provided, and money appropriated.
HF 410 (Tillberry) Independent School District No. 14, Fridley, levy authorized.
HF 426 (Hamilton) Workforce development fund for extended employment services for persons with severe disabilities base appropriation redefined and money appropriated.
HF 445 (Erickson) School district debt service levies tax base modified.
HF 459 (Johnson) Ramsey County summer employment for at-risk youth funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 461 (Solberg) Grand Rapids Children's Discovery Museum funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 487 (Finstad) Independent School District No. 2884, Red Rock Central, fund transfer authorized.
HF 488 (Finstad) Independent School District No. 81, Comfrey, fund transfer authorized.
HF 493 (Mariani) Statewide science, technology, engineering, and math incentive funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF 519 (Seifert) Minnesota Inventors Congress funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 543 (Swails) Gifted and talented programming funding increased, and school districts required to identify gifted and talented students.
HF 555 (Bly) Community education youth service program funding increased.
HF 558 (Peterson, A.) School district sharing of superintendent's incentive created, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 393 (Scalze) Geothermal heat pump uses study funded by the Public Utilities Commission.
HF 436 (Hilty) Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 adopted establishing energy policy goals, and providing for renewable energy obligations.
HF 446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted.
HF 453 (Juhnke) Renewable energy requirements imposed, large energy facilities certificates of need regulated, integrated resource planning requirements and transmission planning processes regulated, and transmission lines taxation provided.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 472 (Morrow) Renewable energy production incentives eligibility period extended.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 374 (Hansen) Board of Water and Soil Resources general services grants provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 485 (Magnus) Floodplain management funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 516 (Cornish) Blue Earth County Rapidan Dam study provided, and money appropriated.
HF 538 (Peterson, A.) Minnesota Conservation Corps funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 383 (Slawik) Ramsey County mothers first program for alcohol and drug use early intervention provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 462 (Murphy, E.) Deaf and hearing loss; support services funding provided to families with children who are deaf or have a hearing loss.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 537 (Clark) Runaway and Homeless Youth Act modified, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 388 (Cornish) Waseca; Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center operations provided and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 458 (Cornish) Peace Officer Standards and Training Board appropriation increased.
HF 460 (Lesch) Ramsey County all children excel (ACE) program funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 545 (Paymar) Board of Public Defense funding provided for transcripts, and money appropriated.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 160 (Hilty) Help America Vote Act account appropriations transfer authorized.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Monday, January 29, 2007
HF 392 (Erickson) Special license plates; pink ribbon breast cancer awareness plate emblems issued.
HF 405 (Hilty) Culkin rest area on Interstate 35 reopened.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
HF 546 (Hornstein) State employee cost comparison required before entering into transportation privatization contracts, ten percent savings requirement specified, and annual report required.
HF 559 (Nelson) Trunk Highway 169, Hennepin County State-Aid Highway, and 85th Avenue North intersection interchange construction authorized, state bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 560 (Hortman) Highway 610 trunk highway finance completion authorized, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 562 (Leider) Town road sign replacement program implemented, and money appropriated.
HF 565 (Kalin) Trunk Highway 95-bridge construction authorized, state trunk highway bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 566 (Garofalo) Dakota County, highway 3 trunk highway bonds issued, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:28 A.M.



Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair


Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF 160 (Hilty) Help America Vote Act account appropriations transfer authorized. Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base Presentation by Finance Department regarding report on expenditure increases

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03:22 - Gavel. 03:50 - Presentation by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base. 38:55 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF160&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF160</A> (Hilty) Help America Vote Act account appropriations transfer authorized. 1:00:10 - Presentation by Finance Department regarding report on expenditure increases. Runs 1 hour, 22 minutes.