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Laid-off service workers could get recall protections

Service and hospitality workers laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic could be entitled the opportunity to return to their jobs if they reopen.

Legacy Committee hears of COVID-19 impact on the arts

Unlike industries that could more easily adapt to employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, arts organizations have traditionally been dependent upon patrons coming through the door and attending a performance, art exhibit or other event.

Bed shortage for inpatient psychiatric treatment impacting care and access, lawmakers hear

“You only worry about an open bed when you have mental illness,” Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota, told the House Behavioral Health Policy Division Wednesday.

District court judges present their case to judiciary committee

On the bench, judges must be impartial, but at the Legislature, they can – and do — advocate for themselves.

Proposed MinnesotaCare expansion aims to aid undocumented immigrants, small businesses, families

Small-business owners are one of several groups who could gain access to health insurance through a “MinnesotaCare public option” that would be created by HF11, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth).

U of M leaders make lowest funding request in 20 years

University of Minnesota officials presented the institution’s lowest biennial budget request in over 20 years to the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday.

Legislation proposes paid sick leave for nurses, essential workers

Nurses, clerks at large grocers and other essential workers would receive up to 2.5 weeks of paid sick leave under a DFL bill laid over Tuesday by the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee.

Bill would speed up process for getting U-visa protections

HF321 would speed up the application process for foreign nationals who are victims of serious crimes to receive federal protection in the form of a U-visa, which allows them to remain in the United States.

Tax increases on wealthiest, budget reserves key pieces of Walz's budget proposal

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled his $52.4 billion 2022-23 budget proposal Tuesday, that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans and big corporations, further assistance for struggling smaller businesses, help for students falling behind and dipping into the state’s budget reserve.

Energy efficiency act on its way to the House floor

Last May, the House passed the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act of 2020, which would have updated the state’s Conservation Improvement Program that helps Minnesota businesses and households use electricity and natural gas more efficiently. However, there was no Senate vote.

Escaped deer provision reinserted into floor-bound natural resources bill

To protect Minnesota's deer herd from a fatal brain disease, a House committee for a second straight year has approved a provision that would allow licensed hunters to shoot and keep escaped farm-raised deer.

Testifiers tout economic benefits of transportation spending

On the same day Gov. Tim Walz introduced his biennial budget proposal, the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee learned more about using transportation as a tool for economic recovery.

Could bonding help rectify racial disparities?

What would closing the gap look like? Several House committees will be addressing that question in coming weeks as they wrestle with “the Minnesota Paradox.”

Possible solutions offered to student social-emotional and academic challenges

Since the beginning of the legislative session, the House Education Finance Committee has heard from several students, educators and state agency staff on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the school system.

House passes resolution to ‘denounce violence’ and ‘support our democracy’

The House voted Monday to express disdain with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and support the 2020 certified election results.

Minnesota well-positioned for recovery, state economist tells lawmakers

Gov. Tim Walz is set to propose his budget targets on Tuesday for the 2022-23 biennium. The amount of money he will ask the Legislature for is based on forecasts of the state’s economy and how much tax revenue it might generate.

Education committee reviews racial disparities, poor student outcomes

The House Education Policy Committee spent Monday hearing from experts on racial disparities in the state’s education system and how they can be addressed.

Farmer-lender mediation window could be extended a third time

Minnesota farmers who fall into financial hardship this year could have more time to renegotiate debts with creditors, a move advocates say would help them navigate practical difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select committee report: Bring a racial justice lens to legislation

After George Floyd died in police custody on a Minneapolis street last Memorial Day, a worldwide conversation emerged and has continued since. The subject is race and its place in how individuals and governments make decisions.

Week in Review: Jan. 19-22

Overviews continued this week with many House committees and divisions spending their time listening to background briefings from the officials and agencies they oversee. A ...


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