Tax filing season may be over now, but the Legislature is just beginning to discuss federal tax conformity – the process by which state lawmakers could decide to align our state tax code with the sweeping federal tax reforms signed into law late last year.
An amendment was to the supplemental budget that would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to collect data on firearm ownership for the purpose of public health research or epidemiologic investigation. The data would be protected and released only as de-identified data. Supporters argue that many public health concerns like smoking and automobile accidents have […] Read more
The supplemental budget includes several contentious anti-union provisions that allow the legislature to put conditions on and reject portions of collective bargaining agreements. An amendment was offered to prevent the legislature from rejecting health insurance provisions within collective bargaining agreements. Politicians have never been able to interject themselves into negotiations in the past and could […] Read more
An amendment to put the brakes on a Republican-led effort to limit the right to free speech in Minnesota classrooms was offered to the supplemental bill this week. The legislation is a result of a legal dispute in Edina Public Schools that generated significant media coverage. Education Minnesota, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and the […] Read more
Two amendments were offered to the supplemental finance bill heard this week in the Senate. The first amendment was the internet privacy bill that passed almost unanimously in the Senate last year. The bill works to protect Minnesota consumers and their privacy by requiring internet service providers to receive express written approval from consumers in […] Read more
An amendment to protect no-cost birth control coverage in Minnesota was offered to the supplemental budget bill. The legislation was in direct response to federal legislation attempting to eliminating guaranteed birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This important amendment would protect no-cost birth control coverage in Minnesota and guarantee the basic right […] Read more