2017 Session Playbook

These priorities are in no way fully comprehensive of all of the priorities of our 33-member caucus. This Session Preview is intended to act as a playbook to get members through the first few weeks of session as caucuses start rolling out priorities and legislation. This document will profile high-level topics that receive frequent attention, and suggested […] Read more

Transportation

Real ID Minnesota has yet to allow the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to implement REAL ID standards for our driver’s licenses. According to the Federal Department of Homeland Security, Minnesotans will need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, unless they have other acceptable forms of identification, by January 2018 in order to board a […] Read more

Taxes

Federal tax conformity Each year, Congress makes changes to federal tax code and states must consider whether to adopt the same changes for state income taxes. In strong budget years, Minnesota typically conforms to many, if not all federal changes. Because the legislature hasn’t approved a tax bill since 2014, however, the state’s tax code […] Read more

State and Local Government

U.S Bank Stadium Suites Republicans will likely seek further details on the use of the two Norseman suites controlled by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). Although the MSFA recently prohibited the distribution of suite tickets to commissioners’ family and friends, the GOP majority may require the MSFA to publicly disclose all recipients of suite […] Read more

Pensions

Public Pension Restructuring The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement will be chaired by the Senate this upcoming session, but it is still unclear who will be the new chair. With the Commission controlled solely by Republicans this biennium, it is possible drastic pension restructuring will be brought forward despite the high costs associated with […] Read more

Labor

Minimum wage In 2014, Democrats passed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour over a phased-in period. Minimum wage will begin to be indexed to inflation in 2018. If economic indicators are suggesting a downturn in the economy, the commissioner has the discretion to suspend the inflation increase after consulting with […] Read more