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Legislative Top 5 – May 17, 2024

Deadline is Here The 2024 Legislative Session will end with no time to spare. Legislative leaders have rationed the allotted 120 session days so that every last one will be used, with day 120 coinciding with the constitutionally-mandated last possible date for session, Monday, May 20. The legislature will be in session today, Saturday, and ...

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Legislative Top 5 – May 10, 2024

Time’s Almost Up As the House and Senate work towards the May 20 adjournment date, the Legislature is rapidly running out of time. With the conclusion of the House and Senate floor sessions on Thursday, May 9, only five legislative days remain to complete their work. It is unusual at this time of year for ...

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Uncertainty Remains at Capitol The Senate avoided the passage of controversial bills again this week in the wake of the arrest of DFL Senator Nicole Mitchell on first degree burglary charges. After being absent last week, Senator Mitchell returned to the Senate Floor this week for the first time since her arrest. In response, Senate ...

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Legislative Top 5 – April 26, 2024

Does the Trifecta Still Exist? In the wee hours of Monday morning, freshman Senator Nicole Mitchell (DFL-Woodbury) was arrested for first-degree burglary. As details have trickled out throughout the week, providing a constant stream of gossip and speculation, the key question is whether she will ever return to the legislature. The Senate met twice this ...

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Legislative Top 5 – April 19, 2024

Legislature Reaches Third Deadline The Legislature has reached another important deadline this week; Friday, April 19, is the final date upon which committees can act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills. Called the Third Deadline, the House and Senate Finance Committees are required to pass supplemental budget bills to the House Ways and Means ...

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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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