State Senators Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis), ranking members on the Minnesota Senate’s two health care committees, expressed frustration and worry over today’s announcement that 2018 health insurance premiums will continue to increase.
Legislators, the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus, leaders of faith, immigrant allies, and caring Minnesotans gather in solidarity today with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who entered the United States as minors under the age of 16.
Transportation Budget The bill provides $747 million of new revenue for Minnesota’s transportation system. Of the $300 million shifted from the general fund in 2018, only about $204 million of this goes to roads. The remaining $96 million is used on other priorities in the biennium. This money, as shown throughout the negotiations process with […] Read more
In January, Governor Dayton proposed $280 million of tax relief for Minnesotans. He focused on targeted relief for Minnesotans not yet experiencing the economic recovery and those struggling to make ends meet. Senate Republicans proposed a $900 million tax bill with ballooning costs, and House Republicans passed a $1.35 billion tax bill. In early May, […] Read more
The State Government and Elections Omnibus Bill spends a total of just over $1 billion in 2018-2019. The joint target provides a $65 million increase over the base. The Senate had a $5 million cut target and the House had a $55 million cut target. There were a number of problems with this bill, including […] Read more
The pensions bill provided sustainability measures to ensure the long-term stability of the major pension plans would continue. The bill increased contribution rates for public employees and employers, eliminated augmentation of deferred annuities, and reduced cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAs). The Republican-controlled Legislature decided to roll these pension reforms into Special Session Senate File 3, which included objectionable […] Read more