Senate DFL Caucus Releases 2016 Budget Targets

Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), Senate Tax Committee Chair Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook), Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove), and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) have released the 2016 budget targets for the Minnesota State Senate. Senate DFL Budget targets reflect the stated priorities of the Senate DFL Caucus: investing in transportation, building Minnesota, expanding education opportunities, and supporting equity for workers and families.

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Bakk applauds Dayton budget recommendations

This week Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) invited Governor Dayton to attend a future caucus meeting of DFL Senators to discuss his budget. Sen. Bakk has released the following statement in response to Governor Dayton’s release of his budget recommendations.

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Cohen announces new Finance Division

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) has announced two Finance Committee Division changes for the 2016 legislative session which begins on March 8, 2016.

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Bakk responds to February Forecast

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has released the following statement following Minnesota Management and Budget office released the February Forecast. The forecast showed our economy is stable with a surplus of $900 million, but there is reason to exercise caution as we approach the next biennium.

LCCMR Bill moves to the Full Finance Committee

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) recommendations moved forward in the Senate this week. The LCCMR, made up of both legislators and citizens, is tasked with making recommendations for special environment and natural resource projects for Minnesota which are moved forward in legislation. This year, the bill appropriates $46.3 million to 65 projects recommended […] Read more

Omnibus Retirement Bill heads to Finance Committee

The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) reviewed a multitude of bills this session and passed the 2015 Omnibus Retirement Bill on April 8. In addition to lowering the rate of return assumptions for most of the major plans, the omnibus bill includes various firefighter relief association reforms, aid payment reductions to PERA for […] Read more