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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

Division OKs ‘aspirational’ omnibus education finance bill
Described as “aspirational” by members on both sides of the aisle, the omnibus education finance bill passed its first hurdle Thursday.
Ag division lurches past CWD stumbling block to approve omnibus bill
There was a party-line drawn in the proverbial sand Thursday over the omnibus agriculture and food finance bill. That line was chronic wasting disease, the fatal neurological disease that has been found in Minnesota’s farmed and wild deer herds.
Energy and climate division approves its finance bill
The House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division concluded the bulk of its business by approving its omnibus finance bill by a 9-5 party-line vote.
Walz, in first State of the State address, urges compromise
First-year governor said Minnesota has the opportunity to rise above partisan gridlock and be an example of how government can run more efficiently.
What would the Clean Water and Parks and Trails funds fund? House legacy division weighs in
The quest for cleaner water in the state would be enriched by $261.3 million if the House Legacy Finance Division has its way. And the state’s parks and trails would benefit from $102.9 million in funding.
More funding sought for drug courts to ‘change the trajectory of peoples’ lives’
Rep. Marion O'Neill sponsors HF1349 that would appropriate $1.5 million in the 2020-21 biennium for treatment court start-up costs in Greater Minnesota. The same biennial amount would help the continuing operating costs for existing treatment courts in Ramsey and Hennepin counties
Republicans charge elections bill breaks nonpartisan norm
HF1603, held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus state government finance bill, drew heated debate Wednesday.
Proposals would raise top tax rates for income, inheritance and capital gains
Tax panel debates three bills built around the idea of altering tax brackets or creating new ones, raising rates on highest income earners.
'Hoping for a miracle' to fix Minnesota's housing crisis
Minnesota is in a housing crisis, and the budget targets reflected in an omnibus bill just aren’t high enough to address it, testifiers told the House Housing Finance and Policy Division Wednesday.
Veterans and military affairs omnibus bill moves to next stop
A pair of departments that serve those who serve — or have served — our country could receive additional funding in the 2020-21 biennium. The House Veterans and Military Aff...

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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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