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.
Last session, several of the session’s biggest bipartisan priorities- addressing elder abuse, stopping the opioid epidemic, and preventing a significant cut to providers serving people with disabilities- were stymied when Republicans pushed through inadequate provisions on elder abuse and opioids and then wrapped them into the supplemental budget bill despite the Governor’s requests to send […] Read more
The committee’s work last session to lift a moratorium on the residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program and add consumer protections was enacted, as was expanded eligibility for the state’s Solar Rewards program. The majority of the committee’s work was vetoed or otherwise didn’t pass. These included Xcel Energy’s proposals to recover costs for nuclear […] Read more
The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee focused on making small improvements with big impacts for veterans, including expanding use of the GI Bill, protecting the current benefits of Minnesota’s retired military and veterans, and making tax credits and other benefits for veterans more accessible.
Although a few bills were enacted last session, the vast majority of the committee’s policy and funding work was vetoed or didn’t pass, including a wide-ranging environmental policy bill, numerous spending initiatives, changes related to the wild rice water quality standard, buffer law implementation waivers, a chronic wasting disease task force, forest inventory improvements, and […] Read more
Because the budget bill was vetoed last session, no additional money was provided for schools, including school safety needs, special education, mental health and early education. The education finance chair promised to fund a special education working group to work on recommendations from the legislative auditor, but the group was never organized before the end […] Read more