Controversial state government budget passed

The State Government Finance Committee passed a supplemental budget this week but failed to garner a single DFL vote in favor of the bill, due to the inclusion of numerous controversial policy provisions. The bill would implement several contentious anti-union provisions, allowing the Legislature to put conditions on and reject portions of collective bargaining agreements. […] Read more

Republicans attempt to cut MNsure funding

A bill that would drastically cut MNsure’s operating budget, prohibit the creation of the MinnesotaCare buy-in, and make other harmful changes to Minnesota’s insurance marketplace is working its way through the Legislature. Republicans believe the bill will reduce healthcare costs and increase choice. In reality, the bill does exactly the opposite. To lower costs, the […] Read more

First omnibus health and human services bill heard in committee

One of two anticipated omnibus health and human services bills was heard this week in committee. The bill is the result of work done in the Human Services Reform Committee. The bill contains a mixture of policy and budgetary provisions that focus on child care, child protection, mental health, and people with disabilities. Notable provisions […] Read more

Governor Dayton’s E-12 budget invests in safe schools, early education

The Governor’s supplemental budget bill provides an additional $39.9 million for Minnesota schools with investments to make sure students are safe, to stabilize special education budgets, enhance opportunities for early learners, and help districts pay for internet connections. The Governor’s proposal is 12% of the state’s budget surplus. The Governor’s budget not only provides increases […] Read more

Just four weeks left of session

With just four weeks left in the 2018 legislative session, Republican leadership this week finally brought a handful of bills to the floor. Unfortunately, the bills had nothing to do with the major work left this session. In the nine weeks since session began, Republican legislative leaders have only sent three bills to the Governor’s […] Read more