and everything else happening in the Legislature this week
On the same day that Senate Republicans proposed a multi-billion-dollar tax cut, House Democrats passed a $1 billion package to deliver $1500 in onetime bonus pay to essential frontline workers. This proposal is unfinished work from the end of the 2021 legislative session and has been a priority of Senate DFLers. Read more >>
The State Government and Elections Finance and Policy Committee this week heard a bill to limit Minnesotans’ access to early in-person absentee voting. Increasing numbers of Minnesotans are opting to take advantage of early in-person absentee voting for convenience and, with the pandemic continuing, for safety and ease. Read more >>
A bill passed the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee this week to set up ‘Educational Savings Accounts’ (ESAs), which would essentially serve as vouchers that would provide public taxpayer dollars to pay for private E-12 instruction and home schooling. Educational services include private school tuition, tutoring, and even electronic devices such as computers or iPads. The funding would be administered through the Department of Education and placed on a debit card for parental use.