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Minnesota’s new budget includes major spending boost, but legislators keep a wary eye on the future

Tom Hanson was quoted extensively in a Minneapolis StarTribune article about the state budget. As former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget chief during the 2009 Great Recession, Hanson is often tapped for his perspective on the current state budget situation. He commended lawmakers for holding onto more than $1 billion of federal aid for the next ...

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Legislative Top 5: June 25, 2021

Budget Work Continues in Special Session The Legislature has been meeting in special session for two weeks. Twelve budget bills must be passed and signed into law by the end of the month in order to avoid a full or partial government shutdown. Of these, only five bills have been passed by both the House ...

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Legislative Top 5: June 18, 2021

Special Session Begins, Peacetime Emergency Continues The legislature began a special session on Monday, June 14, at noon. Special session was necessary for Governor Tim Walz to extend the state’s peacetime emergency due to COVID-19. As has happened numerous times since the peacetime emergency first began, House Republicans brought forward a resolution to terminate it. ...

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Legislative Top 5: June 11, 2021

440 Days The Minnesota State Capitol opened its doors to the public on Thursday for the first time since closing them last March due to the pandemic. Our client, The Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) was the first advocacy group to hold a press conference in the building. MARRCH called ...

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Legislative Top 5: May 28, 2021

Budget Work Continues Today marks the day that Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders gave committees to finalize budget allocations for their respective jurisdictions. Capitol insiders are not surprised that many committees will miss today’s deadline. From the outset, several committee chairs privately indicated that they viewed the deadline as aspirational rather than a set ...

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Legislative Top 5: May 21, 2021

A Budget Deal! As expected, Minnesota’s regular legislative session ended on Monday without passage of the state’s next biennial budget. However, Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced that day that they had reached a broad global agreement on the budget. The global agreement includes how funds will be allocated between different state agencies, how ...

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Legislative Top 5: May 14, 2021

Seventeen With three days before the end of the regular legislative session and no global budget agreement on the horizon, only seventeen bills have passed both the House and Senate and been sent to Governor Tim Walz for his signature. In one such case, Winthrop lobbyists worked on behalf of a client to pass a ...

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Legislative Top 5: May 7, 2021

Serious Negotiations The Minnesota legislative session is required to end within ten days. At the beginning of the week, legislative leaders announced that they had given themselves a goal of having a broad global agreement on key issues and budget targets by Friday (today). Following such an agreement, conference committees would need to finalize details ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 30, 2021

And the Census Says… Minnesota found out this week that it will keep all eight congressional seats. It has been hypothesized for decades that Minnesota was likely to lose a seat, but we have continued to hold on to it. However, this year was likely the closest margin yet. If New York had counted an ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 23, 2021

Guilty Verdict Earlier this week, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. While officials had feared massive demonstrations with the possibility of violence or property damage, the reality was more akin to celebratory gatherings. Operation Safety Net, the name given to a unified security task force that had been ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 16, 2021

Minnesota’s Biggest Story The trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has put Minnesota in the national spotlight for the last few weeks. That trial is wrapping up, with closing arguments scheduled for Monday. Unfortunately, the spotlight was intensified earlier this week when Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a Brooklyn ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 9, 2021

Final Committee Deadline Today marks the final committee deadline—the day when all omnibus finance bills must pass out of committee and advance to the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee. The only committees exempt from this deadline are the Capital Investment and Tax committees, as well as the Senate Finance and ...

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