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2022 Session Preview: A surplus surprise — and no shortage of ideas 

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When we last saw the Legislature in action, it was putting the final touches on a biennial budget that took effect minutes later.

Since that June 30, 2021 gathering of lawmakers — albeit many participating remotely — a pleasurable surprise has been handed to state leaders and legislators.

In December, state finance officials showed an expected $7.7 billion surplus for the biennium that ends June 30, 2023. Then, net general fund receipts for November and December were estimated to be $833 million more than expected. And there could be more federal stimulus money, too.

What to do?

Spend more in certain areas? Decrease taxes? Frontline worker bonuses? Reimburse the federal government and replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund? Issue “Walz Checks” to Minnesotans making less than a certain amount? Go really big on bonding?

Legislators could do all or they could do nothing. And the action or inaction will occur in an election year for the state’s constitutional officers and all 201 legislative seats that will soon be reconfigured by redistricting. Read more

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Event Schedule

NOW AT THE CALL OF THE CHAIR: Conference Committee on HF3669*
Sunday, May 22 2022 5/22/2022 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*The committee will now meet at at the call of the Chair.
HF3669 (Marquart/Nelson) Omnibus tax bill.
Continuing adoption of agreed upon articles.

Session Daily Update*
Sunday, May 22 2022 5/22/2022 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
*Start time is five minutes prior to the reconvening of the House.

House Floor Session - part 2*
Sunday, May 22 2022 5/22/2022 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*The time of reconvening is unknown as the House is in recess to the call of the Chair.

House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee - part 2*
Sunday, May 22 2022 5/22/2022 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*The time of reconvening is unknown as the committee is in recess to the call of the Chair.

MONDAY: House Floor Session*
Monday, May 23 2022 5/23/2022 9:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
*The time of convening has not yet been set.
Anticipated: Speeches by departing House members.

Tuesday, January 3 2023 1/3/2023 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Per Minnesota Statute 3.011, the Ninety-third Session of the Minnesota Legislature will begin on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 12:00 p.m.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF4899-HF4901

Stepping down

See which House and Senate members are not seeking re-election in 2022.

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