Minnesota Senate DFL

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

Jobs and Economic Development

The Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee spent the session attempting to build on the success that has occurred since the recession while aiding communities who have had barriers to this success. After the first budget bill earned Governor Dayton’s veto, legislators started to negotiate with the Dayton Administration. In vetoing the bill, the […] Read more