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Budget forecast: Projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion 

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Expectations may need to be tempered by people and organizations seeking new or increased state spending in the 2020-21 biennium.

While the state’s $1.05 billion projected budget surplus for the 2020-21 biennium may sound like good news, that’s a $492 million decrease since November, Minnesota Management and Budget officials announced Thursday.

Commissioner Myron Frans called the 2019 February Budget and Economic Forecast “a cautionary tale” because while a positive balance is nice, state leaders must be cautious in how they proceed.

The projected surplus was $1.54 billion when the agency announced numbers three months ago.

Required by state law, the February forecast is one of two annual budget indicators released by the state after finishing a collaboration between agencies and economists who follow state and national trends. Legislators will use the forecast numbers to help shape policies for the remainder of the 2019 session, which must end by May 20.

The 2020-21 biennium begins July 1, 2019. Read more at Session Daily 

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Event Schedule

Easter/Passover break
Saturday, April 13 2019 8:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
The Easter/Passover break will begin Saturday, April 13, and go through Monday, April 22.
House offices will be closed April 19.
Legislative activity may resume at 8 a.m., April 23.

APRIL 23: Session Daily Update
Tuesday, April 23 2019 8:55 AM
Watch: Live Event
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Session Daily Update

APRIL 23: House Floor Session
Tuesday, April 23 2019 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF2208 (Mahoney) Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development, Energy and Climate, and Telecommunications Policy and Finance bill.
HF2400 (Davnie) Omnibus Education Finance bill.

APRIL 23: Conference Committee on HF14
Tuesday, April 23 2019 1:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live:
HF14 (Nelson/Kiffmeyer) Help America Vote Act money transferred and appropriated.
HOUSE CONFEREES: Nelson, M.; Dehn; Vogel.
SENATE CONFEREES: Kiffmeyer; Koran; Howe.
Review House and Senate offers thus far to resolve differences between House and Senate bills.
Testimony from Noah Praetz, Former Director of Cook County Elections in Illinois (2013 - 2018) and an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law teaching Election Law.
- Mr Praetz will testify on his experience with Cook County when the Illinois voter registration database was breeched by the Russian government.
Consider offers for resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of HF14.
* Depending on floor activity, the conference committee may need to recess for floor votes.

APRIL 24: House Floor Session*
Wednesday, April 24 2019 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* Time of convening has not been set.
HF2414 (Liebling) Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill.

News and Notes

The 2019 Legislature must end by May 20.

Easter/Passover break

The 2019 Easter/Passover break will begin Saturday, April 13, and go through Monday, April 22. Legislative activity may resume at 8 a.m. April 23.

Additional leadership deadlines for 2019

The last of three regular committee deadlines was April 12. However, legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz added a set of deadlines they say will achieve an orderly end to the legislative session.

  • Wednesday, May 1 — the House and Senate will pass all major finance bills off their respective floors and leadership will appoint conference committees.
  • Monday, May 6  — the governor, Senate majority leader and House speaker will provide fiscal targets to the chairs of conference committees on major finance bills.
  • Monday, May 13  — conference committee chairs shall provide completed conference committee reports to the house of origin.

Bill Introductions: HF2837-2841

For comparison

There were 2,722 House files introduced during the 2017 session; 2,379 in 2015; 1,862 in 2013; and 1,761 in 2011.

Did you know?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota is the only state with a divided legislature in the 2019-20 biennium. The last time there was only one divided state legislature in the country was 1914.

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