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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

FORTY SECOND MEETING - Joint meeting - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

February 06, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING
HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND FINANCE DIVISION AND STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Kahn, Chair of the Joint State Government Finance Division/Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division meeting, called the meeting to order at 11:06 A.M. on February 6, 2008, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

KAHN, Phyllis, Chair
RUKAVINA, Tom, Chair, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
WARD, John, Vice-Chair of State Government Finance Division
DELAFOREST, Chris, Lead Republican, State Government Finance Division
GUNTHER, Bob, Lead Republican, Work Force Development Division
BIGHAM, Karla, State Government Finance Division
BLY, David, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
BRYNAERT, Kathy, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
CARLSON, Lyndon, Ex-Officio Member, State Government Finance Division
HAWS, Larry, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
HILTY, Bill, State Government Finance Division
LESCH, John, State Government Finance Division
MAHONEY, Tim, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
MCFARLANE, Carol, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
PEPPIN, Joyce, State Government Finance Division
RUTH, Connie, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
SLOCUM, Linda, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
WINKLER, Ryan, State Government Finance Division
ZELLERS, Kurt, State Government Finance Division

Members excused:

POPPE, Jeanne, State Government Finance and Vice Chair, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
NORNES, Bud, Lead Republican, Higher Education Division
ATKINS, Joe, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
CLARK, Karen, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
DETTMER, Bob, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
EASTLUND, Rob, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
HORTMAN, Melissa, State Government Finance Division and Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
MOE, Frank, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
NORTON, Kim, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
SEVERSON, Dan, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division
WELTI, Andy, Higher Ed & Work Force Development Policy & Finance Division

A quorum was not present.

Tom Stinson, State Economist, Department of Finance and Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer, Department of Administration, presented an overview of the State's Economic and Demographic Outlook.

At 11:46 a.m. a quorum was present.



Paul Anton, Chief Economist, Wilder Research, discussed trends that will affect the work force of the future.

Sue Moreau, Saint Paul resident and former small business owner and company executive, discussed the problems of finding a job and the need to provide training and skills to those looking for a job.

R. Timothy Mulcahy, Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota, discussed the economic impact the University has on the state.

Jennifer Schaubach, Legislative Director, MN AFL-CIO, discussed how economic issues are causing problems for working families.

Bob Isaacson, Department of Employment and Economic Development, responded to a question a member had on minimum wage and stated that he would get back to the Committee with the actual statistics.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:27 P.M.


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Representative Phyllis Kahn, Chair
State Government Finance Division




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Krysta Niedernhofer, Committee Legislative Assistant,
State Government Finance Division
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Agenda:

Is Minnesota's losing its competitive edge? Economic stability, higher education, and the role of state government. Speakers: Tom Stinson, State Economist; Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer; Paul Anton, Chief Economist, Wilder Research

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