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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division

TWENTY-FIRST MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 19, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION


HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION


MINUTES


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 1:03 P.M. on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Bly, David, Vice Chair
Anderson, Sarah
Atkins, Joe
Brynaert, Kathy
Clark, Karen
Dettmer, Bob
Downey, Keith
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Obermueller, Mike
Poppe, Jeanne
Reinert, Roger
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Haws, Larry

Chair Rukavina asked Representative Buesgens to come forward to present HF 1374.

HF 1374 (Buesgens)

Representative Buesgens presented HF 1374, relating to higher education; providing stable undergraduate tuition rates.

Questions and discussion followed.

Peter Zetterberg, University of Minnesota, introduced himself, provided testimony regarding HF 1374, and assisted with answering questions.

A quorum was present at 1:09 P.M.

Representative Anderson moved that HF 1374 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.


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March 19, 2009
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Peter Zetterberg continued his presentation.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson renewed his motion that HF 1374 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF 925 (Sertich)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 925 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 925 with amendment H0925DE2, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Sertich presented HF 925 as amended, relating to employment; expanding the official measure of unemployment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 925 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Bly assumed the chair at 1:30 P.M.

HF 1326 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 1326 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 1326 with amendment H1326A1, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina presented HF 1326 as amended, relating to workforce development; establishing an emergency employment development program; providing wage subsidies; appropriating money.

Representative Rukavina introduced Joe Samargia and others testifying regarding HF 1326.

Joe Samargia, lobbyist and former Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1326.

Questions and discussion followed.

Kevin Ristau, Education Director, Jobs Now Coalition, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1326.

Questions and discussion followed.

Betsy McMillan, Director, Employment Action Center, introduced herself and introduced Lynette Anschutz, also of the Employment Action Center, and a former MEED participant.
Ms. McMillan provided testimony regarding HF 1326.


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March 19, 2009
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Lynette Anschutz, Employment Action Center and former MEED program participant, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the MEED program and HF 1326.

Erick Ajax, Owner of E. J. Ajax Company in Fridley, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1326.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 1326 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina resumed the chair at 2:10 P.M.

HF 1081 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 1081 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney presented HF 1081, relating to economic development; expanding eligibility for the small business growth acceleration program; requiring matching funds; appropriating money.

Representative Mahoney introduced Bob Kill, President, Enterprise Minnesota Incorporated.

Bob Kill, President, Enterprise Minnesota Incorporated, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1081.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mr. Kill introduced program participants Chuck Rau and Ken Detloff.

Chuck Rau, President, RIC Coatings, Eden Valley, MN, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1081.

Ken Detloff, GAP, Fairmont, Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1081.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney continued his presentation.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 1081 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1645 (Clark)

Representative Clark moved that HF 1645 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Clark presented HF 1645, relating to economic development; expanding Youthbuild programs; appropriating money.


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Questions and discussion followed.

Louis King, Summit Academy OIC, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding
HF 1645.

Questions and discussion followed.

Alice Rivard, teacher at the City Academy, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1645.

Questions and discussion followed.

Princess McGary, student participant, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding
HF 1645.

Questions and discussion followed.

Samantha Koumarn, student participant, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding
HF 1645.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mike Loud, The City Inc., introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1645.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Clark renewed her motion that HF 1645 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Downey moved that the minutes of March 17, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED

The meeting recessed at 2:35 P.M., to be reconvened at 6:15 P.M. in the Basement Hearing Room.

The meeting reconvened at 6:25 P.M.

Chair Rukavina invited Representative Morrow to begin his presentation of HF 821.

HF 821 (Morrow)

Representative Brynaert moved that HF 925 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Morrow presented HF 925, relating to economic development; appropriating money for the Rural Policy and Development Center.

Brad Finstad, Executive Director, Center for Rural Policy and Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 821.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert renewed her motion that HF 925 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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HF 1099 (Lanning)

Representative Nornes moved that HF 1099 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Lanning presented HF 1099, relating to rural economies; appropriating money for a workforce program.

Representative Gunther assumed the chair at 6:35 P.M.

Debra Carpenter, Director, Northern Connections, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1099. Handouts were provided.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Nornes renewed his motion that HF 1099 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina resumed the chair at 6:45 P.M.

HF 567 (Gunther)

Representative Gunther moved that HF 567 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Gunther presented HF 567, relating to economic development; expanding bioscience business development public infrastructure grant program.

Representative Gunther moved that the language in SF 684 be substituted in place of the language in HF 567. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion that HF 567 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1699 (Persell)

Representative Clark moved that HF 1699 be recommended to pass and be referred to the House Floor.

Representative Persell presented HF 1699, relating to plant closings; requiring oriented strand board facilities to be kept in salable operating conditions for one year after closing; requiring a maintenance plan.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Welti moved to amend HF 1699 with the amendment attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Anderson offered an amendment to Representative Welti’s amendment, to be incorporated into that amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Clark renewed her motion that HF 1699 be recommended to pass and be referred to the House Floor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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March 19, 2009
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HF 315 (Johnson)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 315 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Johnson presented HF 315, relating to Ramsey County; appropriating money for workforce development for adjudicated youth reentering the community and at-risk youth.

Representative Johnson introduced Peter Jessen-Howard, Assistant Deputy Director, Juvenile Division of the Ramsey County Department of Corrections, and Mary Jo Gardner, CEO of the Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board

Mary Jo Gardner, CEO of the Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 315. Handouts were provided.

Peter Jessen-Howard, Assistant Deputy Director, Juvenile Division of the Ramsey County Department of Corrections, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 315.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 315 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1499 (Mullery)

Representative Slocum moved that HF 1499 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mullery presented HF 1499, relating to economic development; appropriating money for summer youth employment.

Linda Tkacek, Director, Earn to Learn, Minneapolis Park Board, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1499.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Slocum renewed her motion that HF 1499 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1045 (Mullery)

Representative Slocum moved that HF 1045 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mullery presented HF 1045, relating to economic development; appropriating funds for summer youth employment.

Deb Bahr-Helgen, City of Minneapolis, summer youth employment programs, introduced herself and Anne Fischer. Ms. Bahr-Helgen presented testimony regarding HF 1045.

Anne Fischer, Manager, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training, Youth Programs, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1045.

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Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Slocum renewed her motion that HF 1045 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1617 (Mullery)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 1617 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mullery presented HF 1617, relating to employment; appropriating money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers.

Amy Brenengen, Director, Office of the Economic Status of Women, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1617.

Eboni Stern John, Women Venture, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding
HF 1617.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 1617 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1792 (Kahn)

Representative Clark moved that HF 1792 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Kahn presented HF 1792, relating to the University of Minnesota; providing for the improvement of the neighborhood adjacent to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus.

Questions and discussion followed.

Gene Ranieri, City of Minneapolis, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding
HF 1792.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Clark renewed her motion that HF 1792 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 848 (Brynaert)

Representative Brynaert moved that HF 848 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Brynaert moved to amend HF 848 with amendment H0848A1, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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March 19, 2009
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Representative Brynaert presented HF 848 as amended, relating to employment and economic development; funding employment support services for persons with mental illness; appropriating money.

Kathy Kelso, Mental Health Association of Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 848 as amended.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert renewed her motion that HF 848 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1207 (Slocum)

Representative Slocum moved that HF 1207 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Slocum presented HF 1207, relating to employment and economic development; appropriating money for opportunities industrialization centers.

Representative Slocum introduced Dr. Lee Antell and Linda White who would be testifying regarding HF 1207.

Dr. Lee Antell, President and CEO, American Indian OIC, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1207.

Questions and discussion followed.

Linda White, President, OIC State Council Board of Directors, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1207.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Slocum renewed her motion that HF 1207 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1153 (Clark)

Representative Clark moved that HF 1153 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Clark presented HF 1153, relating to employment and economic development; appropriating money for the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.

Yvonne Cheung Ho, President, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), introduced herself and two clients, Dennis Kim and Anthony Williamson. Ms. Ho provided testimony regarding HF 1153.

Questions and discussion followed.

Dennis Kim, President, EVS Civil and Environmental Engineering Company, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1153.

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Questions and discussion followed.

Anthony Williamson, President and CEO, AJASA Technologies, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1153.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Clark moved to amend HF 1153 as follows:

Page 1, line 9, after "area" delete "and for contract procurement" and insert ".".

Page 1, delete line 10.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Clark renewed her motion that HF 1153 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1694 (Norton)

Representative Norton moved that HF 1694 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Norton presented HF 1694, relating to labor and industry; appropriating money for the Vinland Center for rehabilitation services.

Representative Norton introduced Mary Roehl and Jerry Seck who would be testifying regarding HF 1694.

Jerry Seck, President, Board of Vinland National Center, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1694.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mary Roehl, Executive Director, Vinland Center, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1694.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Norton continued her presentation of HF 1694.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Norton renewed her motion that HF 1694 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

SF 684 (Mahoney)

Representative Gunther amended his prior motion that HF 567 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee by moving that HF 567 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Mahoney moved that SF 684 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 12 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 12 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney presented HF 12, relating to unemployment compensation; modifying definitions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 12 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1575 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 1575 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney presented HF 1575, relating to science and technology; establishing a matching grant program, appropriating money.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 1575 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Bly assumed the chair at 8:45 P.M.

HF 869 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 869 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Rukavina presented HF 869, relating to higher education; providing for state membership in the Midwest Higher Education Compact; appropriating money.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 869 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 871 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 871 be recommended to pass and be referred to the House Floor.

Representative Rukavina presented HF 871, relating to higher education; requiring the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to report on certain financial transactions.


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March 19, 2009
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Kathy Novak, House Research, assisted Representative Rukavina with his presentation.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 871 be recommended to pass and be referred to the House Floor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair


Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF925 (Sertich) Official measure of unemployment expanded
HF1326 (Rukavina) Emergency employment development program established, wage subsidies provided, and money appropriated.
HF1081 (Mahoney) Small growth business growth acceleration program eligibility expanded, matching funds required, and money appropriated.
HF1374 (Buesgens) Stable tuition rate guarantee