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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

Minnesota’s youngest learners could get a head start in saving for college
House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division OK'd its omnibus bill, HF2610, that would create a college savings account pilot for the state's youngest learners.
Cash for training proposed if cop complaints reported
HF2709 would appropriate $12 million during the upcoming biennium for the POST Board if state law enforcement agencies report complaints lodged against their peace officers to the board each year.
Legislative ripple effect returns funds for environmental projects
HF2032 lays out how $64.3 million in Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars would be spent in Fiscal Year 2020.
“Heaven’s Law” could protect children from abuse – even after a move
HF563 would require child welfare agencies to search central child abuse and neglect registries in other states while conducting investigations.
Economic disparities targeted in governor’s plan to close opportunity gap
A bill calling for a $12.65 million appropriation in Fiscal Year 2020 and $12.15 million in Fiscal Year 2021 for one-time grant appropriations to help close the opportunity gap was held over by a House division.
Making movies in Minnesota may get a boost from tax credit
The Snowbate has melted, but the Minnesota film industry hasn’t yet. At least that’s the hope behind two identical bills laid over by the House Taxes Committee Thursday for possible omnibus bill inclusion.
Disparities based on race and disability status persist in school discipline
Data shows that Minnesota’s educational outcomes and graduation disparities for students of color are among the worst in the nation.
Is developing more minority-owned businesses the 'secret sauce' to MN prosperity? Bill would boost efforts
A total of $18 million in the upcoming biennium could fund development grants for minority-owned businesses around the state.
Omnibus housing policy bill that focuses on protecting tenants gains division approval
Increased protections for Minnesota renters take center stage in the omnibus housing policy bill heard by the House Housing Finance and Policy Division Wednesday.
U, Minnesota State officials response to governor’s higher ed budget? Not enough
Representatives from the U of M and Minnesota State told the House's higher education division that far larger appropriations would be needed than are proposed in Gov. Tim Walz's budget.

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Priority Dailies

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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