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Legislative Top 5 – April 12, 2024

Minnesota Revenues Continue to Grow Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) reported this week that Minnesota’s revenue collections for February and March are $241 million more than was forecasted in the February 2024 Budget and Economic Forecast. MMB also reported that the State’s macroeconomic consultant now expects a slightly improved economic outlook in the “near term”. ...

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Legislative Top 5 – April 5, 2024

Omnibus Policy Bills on the Move Prior to the March 22nd legislative deadline for policy bills, most committees created omnibus policy bills. Starting this week, both the House of Representatives and the Senate engaged in lengthy floor sessions as they passed many of these bills. It is expected that both the House and Senate will ...

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Legislative Top 5 – March 29, 2024

Joint Budget Targets Late last Friday, Governor Tim Walz, along with leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate, agreed to modest joint budget targets for supplemental budget bills. The targets would allow for spending $477.5 million in the current 2024/25 budget, and $62.7 million in future years. Starting with a $3.7 billion projected budget surplus ...

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Legislative Top 5 – March 22, 2024

Republicans Retain Daudt Seat Republican Bryan Lawrence of Baldwin Township in Sherburne County won the Minnesota State House Special Election in District 27B to replace former Representative Kurt Daudt, who resigned ahead of the 2024 session to take a new job. Lawrence won by a large margin, garnering 84.5% of the vote, with the DFL ...

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Legislative Top 5 – March 15, 2024

Where is the Governor’s Supplemental Budget? With legislators racing toward the first and second bill deadline on March 22, the Walz Administration spent the week behind closed doors putting the finishing touches on its final supplemental budget recommendations. Before the House and the Senate can assemble supplemental budget bills, Governor Walz will need to reveal ...

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Legislative Top 5 — March 8, 2024

Looking Ahead to Next Week With first and second deadlines fast approaching on March 22, expect the pace at the Legislature to increase next week as legislators race to meet these important policy bill deadlines. Governor Walz is also expected to release his supplemental budget on Tuesday, March 12, and finance committees will begin hearings ...

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Legislative Top 5 — March 1, 2024

Minnesota’s Budget and Economy Improve Minnesota Management and Budget released the February Budget and Economic Forecast on Thursday, February 29, showing improvement since the November Forecast. The current 2024-25 biennium is now projected to end with a surplus of $3.715 billion, an increase of $1.324 billion compared to November projections. The near-term economic outlook has ...

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Legislative Top 5 – February 23, 2024

HOUSE AND SENATE PASS TAX CORRECTIONS BILL By strong bipartisan votes, the House and Senate this week passed the Tax Corrections Bill which will impact 2023 taxes.  The Governor is expected to sign the bill quickly because taxpayers are already starting to file their returns. The bill corrects the 2023 tax law that inadvertently reduced ...

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Legislative Top 5 – February 16, 2024

Good News Coming in the February Forecast? Minnesota continues to exceed expectations in its revenue collections, which bodes well for the February Economic Forecast announced at the end of the month. On Monday, February 12, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) reported that net revenue collections for all major tax types in January exceeded forecasted amounts. ...

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Campaign Finance and Lobbying Compliance

2024 promises to be busy for campaign finance and lobbying compliance reporters. In order to better serve our clients, Winthrop & Weinstine, has created a Campaign Finance and Lobbying Compliance group to help keep our clients up-to-date on the latest compliance issues. This calendar includes each of the reporting dates for filings at the Minnesota ...

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Minnesota Management and Budget State Economic Forecast

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the State Economic Forecast today. In the Forecast, MMB declared that “Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook remains stable” for the remainder of the FY 2024-2025 biennium, with a projected surplus of $2.4 billion. This $2.4 billion number is an increase of $808 million from the estimates made after the ...

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Changes to Minnesota’s Lobbying Laws

By: Tammera R. Diehm and Andrea L. Rau

With the extensive portfolio of new laws passed during the 2023 Minnesota legislative session, several issues stayed under the radar, including fairly significant changes to Minnesota’s laws regarding lobbyists and lobbying reporting. If your organization is already required to file lobbying disclosure reports, you will be impacted by these changes. Further, due to the expanded ...

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