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Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium 

Budget forecast

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal.

Released Thursday, the November Budget and Economic Forecast shows the state with a projected $1.037 billion available for the upcoming biennial state budget.

“The long-term fiscal stability of the state is in good shape,” said Jim Schowalter, commissioner of Minnesota Management & Budget. “This forecast continues to show a balance between our budget and expenditures, both in the current biennium and going into the future.”

The twice-annual forecast from MMB provides a snapshot of the state’s economy and predicts if the state should have a projected surplus or budget deficit.

(Above: Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, and House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt greet after they both made comments regarding the Dec. 4 release of the November Budget and Economic Forecast. Photo by Paul Battaglia)

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The 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die
Saturday, May 17 2014 8:00 AM
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The 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die.

Tuesday, January 6 2015 12:00 PM
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Per Minnesota Statute, the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature is set to convene on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12 p.m.

News and Notes

Prefiled Bill Introductions HF1863-HF2142
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Members won’t seek re-election

Several members of the House have announced they will not seek re-election in 2014. An updated list can be found through this link.


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Session: Round 2

The House and Senate have agreed by joint resolution that the 2014 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 25. With that start date, the second year of the biennium could be a maximum 13 weeks in length.


What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)



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