The DFL majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives today passed House File 13, which is designed to end legal distinctions between men and women and guarantee equal legal rights for all citizens regardless of gender. The Republican-led state Senate has not scheduled a committee hearing for the companion bill.
Minnesota Management and Budget today announced the state’s expected budgetary balance decreased $492 million since the November forecast. Senate DFLers released statements on the February forecast.
Minnesota Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, Assistant Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, and Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, praised Governor Walz today for making historic investments in Minnesotans’ top priorities.
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
As a result of the omnibus budget bill not being signed into law, money appropriated to the MN Farm Advocate program was not approved. Additionally, money for mental health counseling support was not approved. While there were some legislative disappointments for agriculture, money was approved for the Rural Finance Authority.
Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) today announced a budgetary balance of $1.544 billion in the new biennium and $456 million in the following biennium.