The Minnesota Senate on Sunday, May 20 voted by a 42-25 margin to approve a $825 million bonding bill. Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) voted “no” and spoke about his decision in a speech made from the Senate floor.
Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) today announced two major investments in east metro public safety approved Sunday, May 20 by the Legislature.
WHAT WILL 2019 TAX FILING LOOK LIKE? The Governor vetoed the tax bill this year, meaning Minnesota is significantly out of conformity with federal tax law since Congressional changes made late in 2017. While Governor Dayton released his proposal to respond to federal changes in early March, Republicans didn’t have a plan until May – […] Read more
Government and Veterans bills that passed State Government Article, Supplemental Budget The 2018 State Government Supplemental Budget Article came out of conference sparing MN.IT Services from abolishment but requires all agencies to withhold 3.5% of their IT budgets for cybersecurity, which limits agency flexibility. The report does not include the controversial Senate language that impeded […] Read more
Pensions bill The Omnibus Pension Bill passed the Senate unanimously in March but has stalled in the House. The bill represents a shared-sacrifice approach to ensure the long-term stability of public pensions. Active employees, employers, retirees, and the state are all part of the solution. Cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAs) are automatic increases to annual retiree benefits that […] Read more
Judiciary bills that passed Judiciary Finance Article The joint general fund target for judiciary and public safety in the supplemental finance bill is $10 million in general fund spending in FY 19, and $10 million in general fund spending in FY 20-21. Among other spending, the bill provides for: $6.6 million from the general fund […] Read more