Judiciary

Last session, the Judiciary Committee focused its efforts on increasing penalties and changing laws pertaining to criminal sexual conduct. While the committee took notice of Governor Dayton’s supplemental budget priorities, none were fully funded, and some were ignored entirely. Some controversial policy provisions ended up included in the final conference report of the Judiciary and […] Read more

State and Local Government

Last session, the two significant success stories were wide-scale pension reform with the bipartisan passage of the Omnibus Retirement Bill and approval of the public employee labor contracts. However, federal funding to secure Minnesota’s election system was left on the table and funding requests to secure the state’s IT infrastructure have been repeatedly ignored.   […] Read more

Jobs and Economic Development

Last session, the supplemental budget bill was vetoed by Governor Dayton because many proposals were included within the bill that he found objectionable. The issues that were left unresolved include broadband funding, and line item appropriations for businesses from the Minnesota Investment Fund. Additionally, policy changes that were approved by the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council […] Read more

Taxes

Last session, the Legislature passed two tax bills in 2018 attempting to update Minnesota’s tax code to massive federal tax changes made at the end of 2017. Governor Dayton vetoed both bills mainly because of imbalanced tax relief, lack of emergency school funding, and other provisions not approved by the Department of Revenue. Tax conformity […] Read more

Higher Education

Last session, the Higher Education Committee had a zero funding target in 2018 and the U of M and MinnState schools were shut out of supplemental funding.   What has happened in this issue area since last session? The University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced he will step down in June 2019 and […] Read more

Transportation

The committee passed a small supplemental finance bill that included one-time funding for roads and bridges, along with several earmarked projects. A well-publicized effort to put a constitutional amendment to dedicate sales taxes from car rentals, auto repair and auto parts stalled after it was not granted a hearing in the Tax Committee.