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Walz’s tax bill would net revenue bumps from corporations and high earners

House nonpartisan staff projects that the proposed tax changes would increase General Fund revenue by $972.7 million in fiscal year 2022.

Overhaul of criminal sexual conduct statutes moves forward

Minnesota statutes dealing with criminal sexual conduct are confusing, and need overhauling to make them more user-friendly to everyone working in the criminal justice system.

No Child Left Inside grant program could get $2 million

A popular, two-year-old grant program that has funded dozens of environmental and natural resources education and recreation activities for youth could get additional funding.

Students in residential facilities could have better access to extra learning opportunities

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), HF725 aims to provide more education equity for students in residential facilities.

Housing panel OKs legislation that could offer eviction protections, expunge records

Tenants behind on rent or against whom eviction cases are filed could have more time to reach agreements with landlords, and tenants with eviction records could more easily find housing under bills approved Thursday.

Extension considered for pandemic-prompted changes to home and community-based services

HF976, sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka), would extend the waiver allowing for the remote provision of certain home and community-based services by an additional year.

Minnesota State, U of M leaders tell lawmakers big repair bills need big bonding

Representatives of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State presented bonding requests to the House Capital Investment Committee Thursday.

Proposal would establish a new state agency focused on early childhood

Acting on a decade-old recommendation, and following nationwide trends, lawmakers are considering the creation of a new state agency dedicated to serving Minnesota’s youngest children.

Parents of maltreated children could have greater say in day care provider appeals

HF60, sponsored by Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL-Spring Lake Park), would require a maltreated child’s parent, legal custodian, or guardian to be informed of such hearings, as well as their right to participate in person or through a written statement.

Walz proposes $149 million increase in higher education funding — with some program cuts

Big ticket items within Gov. Tim Walz’s higher education budget proposal include funding increases for the state’s public colleges and universities, as well as a program to help workers impacted by COVID-19.

Multiple approaches could bring more dentists to rural Minnesota

HF620, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring), would use a few different strategies to attract new dentists to high-need areas, including an expansion of the state’s Health Professional Loan Forgiveness Program to include dentists practicing in rural Minnesota.

Recreational cannabis bill clears first committee in House

A bill to legalize recreational Marijuana in Minnesota cleared its first committee hurdle Wednesday.

Auditor’s report says use of tax increment financing down, but revenue up

Tax increment financing is a means of funding local development projects in Minnesota that’s being used less often but generating more revenue.

Education committee considers ‘Seizure Smart Schools’ legislation

An estimated 7,400 children with epilepsy live in Minnesota. To make schools a safer place for them, advocates are asking for “Seizure Smart Schools” legislation. Sponsored ...

Costs of soil friendly farming would be defrayed under approved bill

HF701, sponsored by Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL-Northfield), would create the Soil-Healthy Farming Program, which would provide grants and direct payments to farmers who implement such practices.

Mental health workforce shortage, cultural competency demand range of solutions

Minnesota has long struggled with a shortage of mental health professionals – but that shortage becomes even more dramatic when considering rural areas and culturally informed providers.

Proposed ban on flavored tobacco moves ahead

The bill seeks to ban flavored tobacco and related products, defining them, in part, “as nicotine or a delivery product that imparts a taste or smell other than the flavor of tobacco.”

Repeal of local government compensation cap gets OK in House division

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan), HF325 would repeal state statute established in 2005 that caps the compensation for an employee of a political subdivision.

Met Council reform measure met with House panel's approval

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan), HF344, as amended, would stagger the four-year terms of Metropolitan Council members, so that, for appointments beginning Jan. 1, 2022, half the council would be appointed every two years.

Support program for Twin Cities homeless adults could be expanded

A program that provides rental assistance and support services for homeless adults in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties who have HIV/AIDS, mental illness or histories of substance abuse could be expanded


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