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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

Omnibus education finance bill proposes $900 million in added investments
Prioritizing additional investments in general education basic revenue and special education funding, the House Education Finance Division began hearings on its omnibus education funding bill Monday.
House Property and Local Tax Division’s report moves on to taxes committee
Several cities and towns saw their financial prospects improve on Monday when the House Property and Local Tax Division approved its report to the House Taxes Committee.
Week in Review: March 25-29
A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives the week of March 25-29, 2019.
Awareness, education needed to end mercury exposure through skin-lightening products
Skin-lightening creams can contain dangerous ingredients, including mercury and other toxic substances that can lead to long-term health problems.
House Property and Local Tax Division makes its recommendations
The biggest boosts would come in the form of property tax aids, credits and refunds, which would increase by $147.4 million for the 2020-21 biennium.
Penalties added as omnibus health and human services bill advances
With investments in home visiting, early care and child care assistance, the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division approved its omnibus health and human services bill Thursday
House OKs amended snow day forgiveness bill, heads to Governor’s desk
With few traces of this historically cold and snowy winter remaining, the House repassed a snow day relief bill 115-12 Thursday.
House energy and climate division approves its $54 million omnibus bill
More schools could go solar and buses become electric under an omnibus bill expected to be approved by the House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division Thursday evening.
Bonding division members given $845 million target as they begin deliberations
Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown), the division chair, gave members a spending cap of $845 million as they consider the dozens of projects that have been proposed over the last few weeks for inclusion in the 2019 bonding bill.
House OKs disaster assistance contingency account funding
Looking to backfill the state’s disaster assistance contingency account and make it solvent again, the House passed HF682/SF307* 127-0 Thursday. Passed 67-0 by the Senate March 21, it now heads to the Gov. Tim Walz’s desk.

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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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