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Week in Review: April 8-12

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An eventful week wrapped up Friday with the House Ways and Means Committee approving several omnibus bills ahead of midnight’s third committee deadline.

As it did a number of times over the last few days, the committee combined omnibus bills Friday. In this case the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill, HF2086, was incorporated into the omnibus state government finance bill, HF1935.

House leaders say this is being done to better align the bills with legislation expected to emerge from the Senate’s committee structure.

Committee members also approved the omnibus tax bill, HF2125.

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Recent Dailies

Nearly billion-dollar omnibus state government finance bill gets division OK
Elections changes, additional cybersecurity funding and a nearly $102.53 million spending increase over base are all part of the omnibus state government finance bill approved on a split-voice vote Tuesday night by the House State Government Finance Division.
Omnibus higher education finance bill moves on
The House proposal for how to spend the fourth-largest slice of the state budget is on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Conformity — and change — key to House tax bill
The Department of Revenue estimates that, if the bill were adopted, total General Fund tax revenues would come to $46.06 billion for the next biennium, with $3.74 billion in property tax refunds, aids and credits returned to taxpayers.
House judiciary panel wastes no time in approving omnibus finance bill
The proposal is a $1.06 billion funding request for the 2020-21 biennium, which represents a 12.3 percent overall increase over current funding levels.
Distracted driving bill clears final House hurdle
After years of efforts, a bill banning drivers from holding cellphones and other wireless communication devices while driving could soon be on Gov. Tim Walz’s desk.
Capital investment division releases $1.5 billion bonding bill
Roads, bridges and Minnesota’s colleges and universities are among the largest appropriation recipients in the bill, which would fund capital improvement projects largely through the sale of general obligation bonds.
Conference committee strikes agreement on distracted driving bill
A bill that would require Minnesota drivers to use hands-free technology when making calls or sending messages behind the wheel is a step closer to becoming law.
House Ways and Means Committee combines three omnibus bills to start busy week
Three omnibus bills became one Monday as the House Ways and Means Committee kicked off what should be a very busy week of hearings before Friday’s third committee deadline, when all committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
State government finance bill: nearly billion dollars in spending, many elections changes
Given a budget target of almost $987.39 million in General Fund spending, the omnibus state government finance bill would spend every last dollar.
House tax bill focuses upon fairness, filing ease, cuts and credits
Leveling the playing field was a goal cited repeatedly when House DFL leadership presented its omnibus tax bill on Monday morning.

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Budget forecast: Projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion
The state has a $1.05 billion projected budget surplus for the upcoming biennium, Minnesota Management and Budget officials announced Thursday.
Walz budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care
Education, health care and community prosperity are key targets for funding in the 2020-21 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

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