Transportation

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

Taxes

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

State and Local Government, Veterans

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

Pensions

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

Judiciary and Public Safety

The omnibus judiciary bill brought needed funding to Minnesota’s public safety systems. The bill had a $167.7 million target, which was a little disappointing compared to the Governor’s proposal of $265 million. The bill will ensure public safety officers have the resources to respond to criminal activity, increases the training our law enforcement officers receive, […] Read more