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Policy Reflections from the Past Biennium – Analysis of the Upcoming Session and Midterm Elections Analysis

Winthrop attorney Joe Bagnoli will be speaking at the State of Brownfields on November 15, 2022. The State of Brownfields will be an opportunity to hear from Public Policy leaders throughout Minnesota and the Region.   The afternoon session at the Minnesota State Capitol will focus on state and federal policy updates from last year along ...

November 15, 2022

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Legislative Top 5: Special Post-Election Edition

DFL Sweeps State-wide Races DFL incumbent Governor Tim Walz easily defeated Republican challenger Scott Jensen by a 52.2% to 44.6% margin. Walz built up huge vote margins in Hennepin and Ramsey counties early, and Jensen could not make up the ground outside the seven county metro area. DFL incumbent Secretary of State Steve Simon also ...

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2022 Primary Results

Introduction With the conclusion of the August 9 primary, the DFL and Republican ballots are set for the November 8 general election.  Every constitutional officer and all 201 seats in legislature will be on the ballot along with the eight congressional seats. Constitutional Officers The primary results for the constitutional officers are in the chart ...


Legislative Top 5: May 24, 2022

Sine Die The Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die, and for many, it feels that is all that was accomplished this year. In spite of a global framework being agreed to—$4 billion each for taxes, spending and carry-forward—the details of a deal remained elusive. Compromise was reached for the tax bill and several of the ...


Legislative Top 5: May 13, 2022

Tick… Pursuant to the State Constitution, the legislature may not pass legislation after midnight on Sunday, May 22. Impacting the time pressure as well are the state party conventions. Republicans are meeting in Rochester now (Friday and Saturday), bringing an early end to legislative activity this week. The DFL State Convention is next weekend, also ...


Legislative Top 5: May 6, 2022

A Race to the Finish There are just over two weeks left in the 2022 Minnesota legislative session. The state constitution requires that the legislature adjourn on May 23.  The Governor has said he will not call a special session if the legislature doesn’t finish its work. The Big Bills and the Little Bills This ...


Legislative Top 5: April 29, 2022

It’s a Big Deal Yesterday, legislative leaders announced they had a deal on the replenishment of the unemployment insurance trust fund and frontline worker bonus pay. The deal was approved by a conference committee late Thursday night, and is expected to be passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives on Friday. Governor Tim ...



Legislature’s Final Stretch Following its traditional ten-day break, the Legislature is back to complete the final leg of the 2022 session. Both the House and Senate resumed both floor sessions and committee action on Tuesday. As expected, activity was primarily focused on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, as they continued to ...


Legislative Top 5: April 8, 2022

Legislative Break Begins While much was happening at the Capitol this week, many legislators and lobbyists alike had one foot out the door in anticipation of the annual Easter/Passover break. This year’s break extends from Saturday, April 9 through Monday, April 18. The legislature will resume work on Tuesday, April 19. At that point, there ...


Legislative Top 5: April 1, 2022

Time Marches On We are two months into session, with merely seven weeks remaining (including a week-long break). After next week, the Legislature will go on break until April 19. When they return, nearly all committee work will be done, and action will shift to the floor as both the House and Senate pass various ...


Legislative Top 5: March 25, 2022

Budget Targets Released, But Not to Public Finance committees in both the House and Senate have been provided budget targets for their respective omnibus finance bills. Unlike most years, these targets have not been released to the public. During biennial budget years (which occur in odd-numbered years), budget targets are required to be public, but ...

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Legislative Top 5: March 18, 2022

Updated Supplemental Budget Following the news that Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew substantially in recent months, Governor Tim Walz released an updated supplemental budget proposal on Thursday. Notably, his proposal to issue one-time “Walz checks” grew by more than $1.3 billion, with checks in the amount of $500 per adult. Republicans continue to oppose this ...

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