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11TH MEETING - Finance

2009-2010 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA 11TH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:37 A.M. on Monday, March 16, 2009, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Carlson, Lyndon, Chair
Buesgens, Mark
Brod, Laura
Champion, Bobby Joe
Garofalo, Patrick
Greiling, Mindy
Hackbarth, Tom
Hausman, Alice
Hilty, Bill
Howes, Larry
Huntley, Thomas
Juhnke, Al
Kahn, Phyllis
Kiffmeyer, Mary
Knuth, Kate
Murphy, Mary
Paymar, Michael
Pelowski, Gene
Peppin, Joyce
Rukavina, Tom
Shimanski, Ron
Simon, Steve
Solberg, Loren
Thissen, Paul
Wagenius, Jean
Winkler, Ryan

Members excused: Benson, Clark, Kohls, Lenczewski, Slawik, Smith
Members absent: Emmer

A quorum was present.

Rep. Champion moved approval of the minutes of Monday, March 9, 2009. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Presentation on cooperative purchasing
Larry Isaak, President, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Robert J. Trembath, Vice President and General Counsel, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Commissioner Dan McElroy, Department of Employment and Economic Development

Rep. Rukavina moved adoption of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Policy and Finance Division Report for HF72. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Rukavina moved that HF72 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Rep. Norton presented HF72 (Norton) Lifelong learning account program established, tax credits allowed to employers and employees for contributions to lifelong learning accounts, funding provided and money appropriated.

Rep. Rukavina renewed the motion that HF72 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hausman moved adoption of the Transportation Policy and Finance Division Report for HF619. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hausman moved that SF757 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Rep. Hornstein presented HF619/SF757 (Hornstein) Public Safety Department authorized to collect fuel decal fee for International Fuel Tax Agreement, and cost of decal rule removed.


Pat McCormack, Director, Driver and Vehicle Services, Minnesota Department of Public Safety responded to questions regarding HF619/SF757.

Rep. Hausman renewed the motion that SF757 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo on March 9 and 12, 2009.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1446 Andy Welti University of Minnesota agricultural research and extension funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF715 Jerry Newton Disabled veteran owned businesses designated as targeted group businesses for purposes of awarding certain state and metropolitan agency contracts.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Capital Investment Division.
HF Author Title
HF983 Rick Hansen Natural resources asset preservation and replacement established.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1412 Tony Cornish Waldorf; Wastewater treatment infrastructure funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1436 Linda Slocum Fort Snelling Museum and Visitor Center improvement predesign authorized.
HF1470 Larry Howes Hackensack; Water treatment facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1481 John Persell Remer; Sewer extension funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1483 Lyle Koenen Morton; Wastewater treatment facility funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1485 Kory Kath Waseca; Wastewater treatment system and plant funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1502 Joe Atkins Mississippi River Regional Trail connection funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1348 Al Juhnke Kandiyohi County; Green Lake water quality pilot program funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Early Childhood Education Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1411 Keith Downey Early, community, and adult education programs funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1430 Sandra Peterson Working Family Resource Center grant provided, and money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Energy Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1408 Kent Eken Small power producer grant program created, and money appropriated.
HF1445 Kate Knuth Solar energy projects at regional parks grant program established, and money appropriated for solar energy projects in metropolitan parks and state parks and recreation areas.
HF1469 Sheldon Johnson St. Paul; commercial and industrial energy efficiency improvement demonstration program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1473 Marty Seifert Wind energy and ethanol fuel training facility construction authorized.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1495 Tim Kelly Goodhue Pioneer Trail funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1348 Al Juhnke Kandiyohi County; Green Lake water quality pilot program funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF983 Rick Hansen Natural resources asset preservation and replacement established.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1497 Tim Kelly Red Wing; Intermediate care facility rate increase provided, money appropriated.
HF1520 Andrew Falk Rural health care purchasing alliance funding provided, money appropriated.
HF449 Joe Mullery Crisis intervention team grants established, and money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1413 Bob Dettmer Athletic scholarship conditions set.
HF1414 Karla Bigham State grant program eligibility changed.
HF1496 Tim Kelly Red Wing; Biosolids processing facility funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1499 Joe Mullery Summer youth employment program funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1491 Jeff Hayden Homeless programs funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the K-12 Education Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF920 Tom Tillberry Education; obsolete and unneeded mandates removed.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1458 Sheldon Johnson Ramsey County; Juvenile Delinquent Alternatives Initiative funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1514 Alice Hausman Human trafficking victims toll-free hotline funding provided, money appropriated.
HF1523 Larry Haws Confinement fee modified for booking a person at a county or regional jail.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF449 Joe Mullery Crisis intervention team grants established, and money appropriated.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF1519 Phyllis Kahn Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board funding provided, money appropriated, fund carryover authorized.
HF1534 Keith Downey Federal stimulus funds acceptance and expenditure conditions provided.
HF905 Al Doty Commissioner of military affairs authorized to accept uncompensated and voluntary services.
HF1451 Rob Eastlund Budget reserve established, reserve amount set, and reserve full funding provided, and constitutional amendment proposed.

As of Monday, March 9, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Transportation Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1455 Mary Murphy Duluth; Airliner maintenance, repair, and operations facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1467 Michael V. Nelson Rail safe technology federal grant application directed.
HF1480 Larry Haws Transportation funding oversight and distribution provided, Department of Transportation required to meet programmatic investment percentages and a minimum guarantee of state highway and bridge funding for all state transportation districts.

HF1535 Alice Hausman Metropolitan transit functions transferred, Minnesota Transit Authority established, sales tax increased and proceeds allocated to the authority, certain local sales tax authority abolished.


As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF161 Paul Thissen Medical response unit reimbursement pilot program established, emergency medical services programs funded, and money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF715 Jerry Newton Disabled veteran owned businesses designated as targeted group businesses for purposes of awarding certain state and metropolitan agency contracts.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Capital Investment Division.
HF Author Title
HF1109 Kent Eken White Earth; Biofuel production facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1259 Brita Sailer Solar energy projects in K-12 public schools funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF147 Doty Motley; Tri-County Regional Services Center funding provided, bonds issued and money appropriated.
HF1130 John Persell Bemidji State University improvements funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1634 Karen Clark Minneapolis; Minnesota African American History Museum funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF232 Brown Rose Creek; Sewer system upgrade funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF242 Anzelc Coleraine; Downtown corridor redevelopment funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF299 Kalin Lindstrom; Allmensrat Wilderness Park funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF712 Cy Thao Saint Paul; Asian Pacific Cultural Center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF717 Larry Haws St. Cloud Civic Center expansion funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF957 David Olin Kennedy; Municipal geothermal, wind turbine, and solar energy power facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1042 Linda Slocum Richfield; New arterial street funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1139 David Dill Bois Forte Reservation; Renewable energy biofuels demonstration facility authorized, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF450 Tina Liebling Rochester; Mayo Civic Center Complex design and construction improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1203 Andrew Falk Benson; City street reconstruction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1243 Mike Obermueller Redevelopment funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1292 Greg Davids Rushford; 2005 appropriation transferred from a nanotechnology facility to a community center project.
HF1319 Mary Kiffmeyer Big Lake Regional Ice Center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1335 Bob Gunther Winnebago; Waste water treatment pipeline funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1337 Tim Mahoney St. Paul; 3M site redevelopment funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1323 Tom Rukavina Hoyt Lakes; Water plant improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF125 Liebling Minnesota State Academies campus graduate housing funding provided, bonds issued and money appropriated.
HF273 Sailer Red Lake, ISDN 38 maximum effort capital loan provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF28 Fritz Wind generator at the Minnesota State Academies funding provided, bonds issued and money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1550 John Persell Cass Lake; Infrastructure improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1556 Karla Bigham Film production jobs program funding provided and money appropriated.
HF1570 Roger Reinert Libraries authorized to charge fees to nonresidents.
HF1607 Tom Rukavina Utility extensions funding provided from Virginia to Gilbert, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1580 Tom Rukavina Mountain Iron; Road construction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1581 Tom Rukavina Buhl; Sewer and water improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1582 Tom Rukavina Buhl; Road construction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1583 Tom Rukavina Gilbert; Wastewater treatment facility improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1586 Dean Urdahl Grove City; New mechanical sewage treatment facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1590 Dean Urdahl Howard Lake; Annadale/Maple Lake wastewater treatment plant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1591 Dean Urdahl Forest City; Unsewered collection and treatment project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1592 Dean Urdahl Darwin; Sewage collection system rehabilitation and expansion funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1593 Dean Urdahl Eden Valley; Rehabilitation and construction of sewage collection system funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1598 Leon Lillie Maplewood; Gerten Pond funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1652 Greg Davids Preston; Historic grain elevator funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1502 Joe Atkins Mississippi River Regional Trail connection funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Energy Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1626 Brita Sailer Solar energy projects installation in public buildings grants provided, money appropriated.
HF588 Andrew Falk Dawson-Boyd; ISDN 378; Geothermal heating system funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1553 John Persell Local government renewable energy grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Energy Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1445 Kate Knuth Solar energy projects at regional parks grant program established, and money appropriated for solar energy projects in metropolitan parks and state parks and recreation areas.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1552 John Persell Star Lake Board grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1558 David Olin Water quality permit compliance grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF1576 Jerry Newton K-12 schools water ecology pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1588 Lyle Koenen Minnesota River Basin floodplain management funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1597 Leon Lillie Ramsey County; Silver Lake Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1599 Leon Lillie Ramsey County; Phalen Chain of Lakes funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1600 Leon Lillie Ramsey County; Keller Regional Park funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1604 Carole McFarlane Tamarack Nature Center funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1606 Kent Eken Buffalo River watershed water quality pilot project funding provided, money appropriated.
HF1618 John Persell Beneficial reuse of wastewater grants funding provided, money appropriated.
HF1624 Robin Brown Shooting Star Trail funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1649 David Dill Lake County; Clair A. Nelson Memorial Forest funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1650 Randy Demmer Lake Zumbro design and restoration engineering funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1660 Kent Eken County cooperative weed management funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF485 Paul Anderson Pope/Douglas waste-to-energy facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1502 Joe Atkins Mississippi River Regional Trail connection funding provided, money appropriated.
HF1445 Kate Knuth Solar energy projects at regional parks grant program established, and money appropriated for solar energy projects in metropolitan parks and state parks and recreation areas.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1571 Jim Abeler Governor's budget for health and human services established, various health care provisions amended, Protecting Children and Strengthening Families Act and Northstar Care for Children established, fees increased, work groups created, and money appropriate
HF1573 Erin Murphy Day training and habilitation transportation rates increased, and money appropriated.
HF1704 Tom Huntley Withhold created to managed care plan payments for prepaid medical assistance and general assistance medical care.
HF849 Larry Haws Health care program renewal notice requirements modified.
HF328 Erin Murphy Adoption record and original birth certificate governing provisions modified.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1549 Tim Mahoney Pine Island; Water and sewer infrastructure grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1560 Joe Atkins State grant program modified.
HF1575 Tim Mahoney Matching grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF1587 Paul Torkelson Minnesota Inventors Congress funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1594 Greg Davids Chatfield; ISDN 227; Potter Center for the Arts funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1617 Joe Mullery Grants funding provided to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers, money appropriated.
HF1622 Tara Mack Small business growth acceleration program modified, qualifying company definition modified, companies required to match contributions, money appropriated.
HF1645 Karen Clark Youthbuild programs expanded, and money appropriated.
HF1651 Greg Davids Spring Valley; New community theater facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1669 Bob Gunther Jobs, economic development, housing, and Minnesota Heritage funding provided, money appropriated, programs established and modified, activities and practices regulated, and accounts, assessments, and fees provided.
HF1694 Kim Norton Vinland Center for rehabilitation services funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1048 Kathy Brynaert Eligibility for benefits under certain training programs provided.
HF42 Paul Thissen Four-month waiting period waived for unemployed persons for MinnesotaCare, and money appropriated.
HF1634 Clark Minneapolis; Minnesota African American History Museum funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1352 Karen Clark Cancer surveillance system provisions modified.
HF1432 Paul Rosenthal Children aging out of foster care provisions modified, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act modified, and money appropriated.
HF1637 Karen Clark Minnesota Housing Finance Agency authorized to issue a modified amount of nonprofit housing bonds, portion of bonds issued dedicated to permanent supportive housing for victims of human trafficking.
HF587 Erin Murphy Sexual violence prevention demonstration grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the K-12 Education Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1643 Paul Gardner Referendum revenue modified.
HF1653 David Bly Contract alternative school funding extended, and money appropriated.
HF501 Carlos Mariani Alternative graduation means created for students who have not successfully passed the Minnesota basic skills-test.
HF466 Lyndon Carlson State Board of Education established.
HF106 Marsha Swails P-20 education partnership established.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1540 Debra Hilstrom Court papers per page filing fees added and Supreme Court fees directed to increase.
HF1541 Debra Hilstrom Court filing fees and criminal surcharge amount amended.
HF1542 Debra Hilstrom Public defender funding provided, public defender fee established for licensed attorneys, and a public defender fee account in the special revenue fund established.
HF1578 Debra Hilstrom Public defender representation co-payment amended.
HF1611 Steve Smith Court designated judgments and awards interest rates modified.
HF1657 Michael Paymar Departments of Public Safety and Corrections funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1666 Jeff Hayden High-risk adults demonstration project funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF161 Paul Thissen Medical response unit reimbursement pilot program established, emergency medical services programs funded, and money appropriated.
HF103 Joe Atkins Single occurrence liability cap removed, and cross references conformed.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF1113 Will Morgan Early voting authorized.
HF691 Tom Rukavina Vacation donation program modified.
HF557 Dan Severson State procurement preferences authorized for veteran-owned small businesses and disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
HF1195 Morrie Lanning Mandate relief provided, Legislative Commission on Mandate Reform established, and levy limits abolished.
HF715 Jerry Newton Disabled veteran owned businesses designated as targeted group businesses for purposes of awarding certain state and metropolitan agency contracts.

As of Thursday, March 12, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Transportation Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF1551 John Persell Cass Lake; Street and infrastructure improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1559 Michael Beard Airport and air navigation facility improvement project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1603 Sheldon Johnson St. Paul; Warner Road bridge improvements funding provided, transportation bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF1608 Bernie Lieder Local roads and bridges funding provided, fracture-critical bridges grants authorized, money appropriated.
HF1631 Terry Morrow Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority loan forgiveness required.
HF103 Joe Atkins Single occurrence liability cap removed, and cross references conformed.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:39 A.M.





Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Bills Added:
  • HF72 (Norton) - Lifelong learning account program established; tax credits allowed to employers and employees for contributions to lifelong learning accounts; funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • SF757 (Hornstein) - Public Safety Department authorized to collect fuel decal fee for International Fuel Tax Agreement, and cost of decal rule removed.
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05:28 - Gavel, and presentation on cooperative purchasing by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and by Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development Dan McElroy. 50:40 - HF72 (Norton) Lifelong learning account program established, tax credits allowed to employers and employees for contributions to lifelong learning accounts, funding provided and money appropriated. 56:39 - HF619/SF757 (Hornstein) Public Safety Department authorized to collect fuel decal fee for International Fuel Tax Agreement, and cost of decal rule removed. Runs 58 minutes.