Jobs and Economic Development

Last session, the supplemental budget bill was vetoed by Governor Dayton because many proposals were included within the bill that he found objectionable. The issues that were left unresolved include broadband funding, and line item appropriations for businesses from the Minnesota Investment Fund. Additionally, policy changes that were approved by the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council […] Read more

Higher Education

Last session, the Higher Education Committee had a zero funding target in 2018 and the U of M and MinnState schools were shut out of supplemental funding.   What has happened in this issue area since last session? The University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced he will step down in June 2019 and […] Read more

Health and Human Services

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

Energy and Telecommunications

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Education: E-12

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