December 2018

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… Read More »Judiciary

State and Local Government

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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… Read More »State and Local Government

Taxes

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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… Read More »Taxes

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… Read More »Higher Education