Environment and natural resources finance bill heads to finance

The Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee’s omnibus bill was approved this week and forwarded to the full Finance Committee. With a zero spending target, the bill includes a number of initiatives, including: An extension for farmers for buffer requirement compliance; Youth ATV safety education and training provisions; Provisions affecting environmental permitting, rulemaking and fees […] Read more

Energy and utilities finance bill approved

The Energy and Utilities Policy and Finance Committee wrapped up its work this week with the passage of its omnibus bill, which will become part of the Senate’s supplemental finance bill. The bill includes several modifications to state energy policy, including: Capping Xcel Energy’s payments to the renewable development account at $16 million for each […] Read more

Diverging omnibus bills heard in Judiciary committee

Children involved in court cases will have to proceed without the representation of a Guardian ad Litem, forensic scientists will continue to be overworked, and the safety needs of county courthouses will go unmet if the supplemental judiciary finance omnibus bill introduced by Senate Republicans becomes law. The bill was heard in the Judiciary and […] Read more

Controversial state government budget passed

The State Government Finance Committee passed a supplemental budget this week but failed to garner a single DFL vote in favor of the bill, due to the inclusion of numerous controversial policy provisions. The bill would implement several contentious anti-union provisions, allowing the Legislature to put conditions on and reject portions of collective bargaining agreements. […] Read more

Republicans attempt to cut MNsure funding

A bill that would drastically cut MNsure’s operating budget, prohibit the creation of the MinnesotaCare buy-in, and make other harmful changes to Minnesota’s insurance marketplace is working its way through the Legislature. Republicans believe the bill will reduce healthcare costs and increase choice. In reality, the bill does exactly the opposite. To lower costs, the […] Read more

First omnibus health and human services bill heard in committee

One of two anticipated omnibus health and human services bills was heard this week in committee. The bill is the result of work done in the Human Services Reform Committee. The bill contains a mixture of policy and budgetary provisions that focus on child care, child protection, mental health, and people with disabilities. Notable provisions […] Read more