HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

BUDGET A significant win this session was the repeal of the sunset of the 2% provider tax, which is set at a new, ongoing level of 1.8%. The additional revenue from the tax opened opportunities in the budget to make investments in many programs that will improve the lives of Minnesotans, including help for low-income […] Read more

VETERANS

BUDGET The Senate Republicans’ original veterans and military affairs budget proposal had a $0 target and failed to adequately fund those who have served and continue to serve the state and country. The bill included no additional funding for operating budgets. The Department of Military Affairs (MDMA) received no additional funding – the only new […] Read more

TAXES

TAX OVERVIEW The final tax bill contained several bipartisan tax-relief measures, federal tax conformity, and several local tax provisions to help communities across the state. The biggest complaints were lack of conformity to at least $400 million of corporate foreign income provisions, the use of $491 million in budget reserves during a time of surplus, […] Read more

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

BUDGET The state government omnibus bill spends a total of $1.15 billion in 2020-2021. The bill has a budget target of $66 million over the base, it avoids the multitude of budget cuts proposed by the Senate Republicans, and it provides modest operating increases to many state agencies. The bill authorizes the full $6.6 million […] Read more

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

BUDGET Capital investment bond change and corrections bill Several legislative members and some conversation groups opposed the bonding bill last year as a result of it including bonds backed by the environment and natural resources trust fund instead of general obligation (GO) bonds. Despite these concerns, Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill into law. Following […] Read more

TRANSPORTATION

BUDGET The omnibus transportation bill provides $97 million in additional general fund resources for transportation as part of the global budget deal between Governor Walz and legislative leaders. Within the $97 million general fund target, it provides $52 million for the MNLARS replacement system, $23 million for Metro Mobility, $13 million for deputy registrars (FY19), […] Read more