Expect the pace to quicken when lawmakers return Monday for their second week of session, a week that features the release of 2018 February Budget and Economic Forecast.
Perhaps the biggest story of Week 1 was lawmakers passing a bill to fund the Legislature roughly nine months after Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed appropriations for the House and Senate. Some House committees hit the ground running this week, with the Taxes Committee beginning to study the issue of conforming to the new federal tax law, and several others receiving updates.
Next week’s forecast will outline the economic landscape lawmakers need to understand and keep in mind as they roll up their sleeves and really get to work.
Before looking ahead to next week let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
Omnibus tax bill amended to allow for bars to be open until 4 a.m. Feb. 2-Feb.5 to allow more time for fan revelry.
Two large spending bills and a bonding package await action; both chambers in at noon Thursday
The $5.9 billion, two-year transportation funding bill passed on a 74-54 vote proposes to shift $300 million in auto-related sales tax revenues toward road and bridge construction funding.
One night of overtime was not nearly enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a 2018-19 biennial state budget.
After weeks of negotiations over the best approach to reduce the achievement gap, lawmakers passed a compromise bill early Wednesday that they believe Gov. Mark Dayton would ultimately sign.
Called the largest tax relief package in 20 years, end-of-session negotiations produced a tentative agreement between leadership and the governor calling for $650 million in tax relief over the 2017-18 biennium.
One overtime may not be enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a biennial state budget.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced shortly before the curtain closed on the 2017 legislative session that they had reached an overall budget agree...
More than $64 million would be appropriated to benefit the environment and natural resources.
With mere hours left before the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated adjournment of midnight Monday, major pieces of the two-year $46 billion budget remain untouched. ...
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget.
The budget process explained — and why it matters