Legislative Budget Office
A proposal to create a legislative budget office was introduced this session. That would mark a departure from the current practice in which Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) prepares the fiscal estimates lawmakers use to evaluate pending bills.
Under the proposal, however, executive branch agencies like the Agriculture, Education, and Transportation departments would still provide their cost estimates related to legislative proposals—the bill would simply change who reviews and approves the notes by passing that responsibility to the legislative budget office rather than the executive branch through MMB. (S.F. 1304)