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Stimulus oversight money approved

Published (4/24/2009)
By Nick Busse
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State agencies would get $1.1 million to help report and oversee use of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — better known as the federal stimulus funding package — under a bill approved April 20 by the House Finance Committee and April 22 by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Loren Solberg (DFL-Grand Rapids) sponsors HF2251 that would appropriate $700,000 to Minnesota Management and Budget and $384,000 to the Office of the State Auditor to monitor stimulus spending by state and local agencies. The bill now awaits action by the full House.

The money would be made available for the current fiscal year and would be available until June 30, 2011. Solberg said MMB requested the funding to comply with federal oversight requirements.

“As you know, the federal government is requesting a great deal of accountability,” Solberg said.

Noting that MMB had originally requested $1.6 million for stimulus oversight compliance, Solberg said the remainder of that request is included in SF2082, the omnibus state government finance bill.

The bill would also set up a special account in the state treasury to accept Minnesota’s share of the fiscal stabilization funds included in the stimulus. Stabilization money would have to be directly appropriated from the account.

Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) sponsors SF1938, the companion to Solberg’s bill, which awaits action by the full Senate.

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