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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

TWENTYFIRST MEETING - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

March 01, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTYFIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND
FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. on Thursday, March 1, 2007, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Poppe, Jeanne, Vice-Chair
Atkins, Joe
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Clark, Karen

Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
McFarlane, Carol
Mahoney, Tim
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Dettmer, Bob
Nornes, Bud

A quorum was present.

Chair Rukavina invited Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development, to continue his presentation of the Department of Employment and Economic Development's budget request.

Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and continued his presentation of the Department of Employment and Economic Development's agency-wide budget request.

Questions and discussion followed.

Lee Nelson, Director, Legal Affairs, Unemployment Insurance, Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided assistance in responding to questions from members.

Further questions and discussion followed.

Bonnie Elsey, Director, Workforce Development, Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided assistance in responding to questions from members.

Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 1, 2007
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Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina invited Scott Brener, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry, to begin his presentation of the Department of Labor and Industry's budget request.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of February 28, 2007 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scott Brener, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry, introduced himself and Cindy Farrell, Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor and Industry, who would assist Commissioner Brener with his presentation. Commissioner Brener began the presentation of the Department of Labor and Industry's budget request.

Commissioner Brener introduced a few staff who would be important resources for committee members: Michael Houliston, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry; Patricia Todd, Assistant Commissioner, Workers Compensation; Tom Joachim, Assistant Commissioner, Safety Codes and Services; and Roslyn Wade, Director of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship.

Commissioner Brener continued his presentation of the Department of Labor and Industry's budget request.

Questions and discussion followed.

Patricia Todd, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry, assisted in responding to questions from members.

Commissioner Brener continued his presentation of the Department of Labor and Industry's budget request.

Questions and discussion followed.

Tom Joachim, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry, assisted in responding to questions from members.

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina stated that the presentation of the Department of Labor and Industry's budget request would continue to the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at approximately 1:30 P.M.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:12 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Continuation of Department of Employment and Economic Development budget overview Department of Labor and Industry budget overview

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