Legislative Update 4-4-13

Yesterday at the Capitol

House Higher Education Finance and Policy committee members heard from faculty and students yesterday regarding the higher education budget proposals before the committee. Damon Kapke, Vice President of MSCF and a faculty member at Lake Superior College, told the committee that the recent state disinvestment in higher education has meant additional risks for students, such as reducing counselors, course offerings and student programs. Kapke said MSCF wants to see an investment in higher education from the state and state taxpayers. He said MSCF supports the MnSCU budget request, and does not want to see any “tuition gimmicks” at the expense of funding education.

Following Damon Kapke, Russ Stanton with the IFO, testified before the committee. Stanton said the four-year university faculty felt they should keep their legislative request modest when faced with a $1.1 billion deficit this fall. He said the first priority for IFO faculty is maintaining the core programs at MnSCU institutions and would support a 2.5 percent increase in MnSCU’s total revenue, which includes tuition revenue as well as state appropriation. Stanton said if the state can’t fund a 2.5 percent increase, then they would support an increase in tuition. He informed the committee that MnSCU has received cuts over the last 10 years that has meant a loss in competitive compensation, which he said is important because the state universities recruit nationally for faculty.

Minnesota State College Student Association President Steve Sabin testified on behalf of the MnSCU budget request. He told committee members that the MnSCU Board of Trustees is recognizing that tuition should be kept low, which he said puts MnSCU on a path to long-term tuition control. Sabin said the $97 million MnSCU budget request, which includes advancing the competitiveness of Minnesota’s workforce, increasing access and affordability, and accelerating completion, is imperative to ensuring the state’s success.

Moriah Miles, State Chair of the Minnesota State University Student Association, told the committee that the students are excited about MnSCU’s budget request and are working with MnSCU to see it through the legislative process. She also told members that MSUSA does not take the proposed annual tuition increases of $205 for full-time university students lightly, but rather holding tuition to a modest increase is the first step in the right direction. Miles said MSUSA believes internship opportunities for students are imperative, acknowledged that there are many needs for equipment at all the state universities, and said the four-year students support making an investment in faculty.

Following faculty and student testimony, the committee took up HF 875, the DREAM Act introduced by Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul. Mariani said the people of Minnesota believe in the power of education, and the DREAM Act bill continues that tradition. As a reminder, the bill would allow students graduating from a Minnesota high school to pay in-state tuition rates at a Minnesota public college or university. The bill also would de-link the state financial aid program from FAFSA and allow all students who meet the criteria in the bill, the opportunity to apply for and receive financial aid in Minnesota. After brief testimony, the committee ran out of time, and said they would continue the discussion at a future hearing.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: HF234 (Newton) School district expiring referendum renewal by school board action authorized.
HF1058 (Winkler) Early learning scholarship program established, access to quality early learning and care expanded, and money appropriated.
HF1383 (Newton) Special education case loads task force established, and report required.

8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Informational-only: HF682 (Fischer) Groundwater monitoring wells funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

HF1622 (Nornes) Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center bond authorizations and appropriations modified.
HF574 (Hamilton) Worthington; bioscience development project appropriation reauthorized.
HF960 (Dorholt) Central Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails project reauthorized with 2008 bonding appropriation.

HF409 (Norton) Medical center development authority established and organization, powers, and duties provided for; medical center development districts provided for; bonds and state assistance authorized; tax increment financing provided for within a medical center development district; funding provided; bonds issued; and money appropriated.

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Division

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 965-Eken: Independent school district #2527, Norman County West; elevator repair levy authorization.
S.F. 720-Cohen: Development screening aid increase; pupil transportation options modification; students over 21 alternative program continuation authorization; St. Paul independent school district #625 bonding authority extension.
S.F. 1330-Housley: Independent school district #831, Forest Lake; alternative facilities revenue program eligibility.
S.F. 1130-Torres Ray: School district facility lease to charter school authorization clarification.
S.F. 1282-Dahle: Teachers and principals national board certification grant program and appropriation.
S.F. 986-Wiger: Intermediate school districts facility bonding authority authorization.
S.F. 952-Hayden: 13th grade pilot project establishment and appropriation.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Tax Reform Division
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Ann H. Rest
Agenda:
S.F. 1053-Lourey: Moose Lake sales and use tax imposition authorization.
S.F. 1116-Dahms: Marshall lodging, food and beverage tax revenues use definition and prior city actions validation.
S.F. 1207-Weber: Windom sales and use and motor vehicle excise taxes imposition.
S.F. 1392-Skoe: Local sales tax allowed expenditures imposition modification.
S.F. 1329-Housley: Forest Lake economic development authority tax increment financing (TIF) district authority extension.
S.F. 1331-Housley: Tax increment financing (TIF) spending increments to stimulate construction deadline extension.
S.F. 1463-Carlson, J.: Eagan temporary tax increment financing (TIF) authority extension.
S.F. 997-Clausen: Education opportunity income tax credit establishment.
S.F. 310-Ingebrigtsen: Income tax subtraction for military pensions.
S.F. 32-Gazelka: Income tax subtraction for military retirement pay.
S.F. 1434-Cohen: Film production investment credit authorization.

10:00 a.m. *Meeting Canceled*
House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski

Agenda: Omnibus higher education finance and policy bill.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:30 p.m.
House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy

Room: 200 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Tim Mahoney

Agenda: The committee is scheduled to take testimony, entertain amendments (if any) and vote on the omnibus finance and policy bill.
Committee Documents:
Jobs Omnibus Finance and Policy Bill
Jobs Omnibus Finance and Policy Spreadsheet Document

3:00 p.m.
House in Session

 

After Session
House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mary Murphy
Agenda: Phase III, Building Omnibus State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Bill:
Present draft delete-everything amendment to HF1184

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Division

Room: 123 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: S.F. 1478-Bakk: Cook county higher education appropriation
Other agenda items to be added

 

3:00 p.m.
Senate State Departments and Veterans Division

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda:.
S.F. 1119-Sparks: Military leave use for state and municipal employees provisions clarification.
S.F. 1529-Dibble: Minnesota Public Radio, Inc. equipment grants appropriation.
S.F. 1006-Pappas: Lawful gambling provisions modifications.
S.F. 457-Pappas: Local government public safety employees on authorized leave reimbursement grant program.
S.F. 1534-Pappas: Compensation council recommendations implementation; salary limits modifications; legislative, judicial and constitutional officers salaries increase; compensation study requirement; appropriations.
S.F. 1124-Reinert: USS Minnesota commissioning committee grant appropriation.
S.F. 1524-Saxhaug: Noncommercial radio station grants conditions modifications and appropriations.
S.F. 1106-Metzen: Cosmetology board licensing requirements and provisions modifications.
S.F. 910-Dziedzic: Secretary of state fund solicitation authorization for technological projects and confidentiality program for victims of violence.

Looking Ahead

Friday, April 5

10:00 a.m. *Meeting Canceled*
House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski

Agenda: Omnibus higher education finance and policy bill.

 

Monday, April 8

 

8:30 a.m.
Senate Taxes

Room: 15 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Rod Skoe
Agenda:
S.F. 1451-Jensen: Greater Minnesota businesses property and sales tax incentives and appropriation; job opportunity building zones (JOBZ) prohibition.
S.F. 240-Tomassoni: Jobs training program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 241-Eken: Greater Minnesota internship program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 389-Eken: Western border city enterprise zones supplemental tax reduction allocation.
S.F. 289-Brown: Clearwater local sales tax revenues use modifications.
S.F. 1500-Eken: Disparity reduction credit annual adjustment.

 

10:00 a.m.

House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Lyndon Carlson

Agenda:
HF819 (Murphy) Public Facilities Authority grant programs reorganized, and small community wastewater treatment grants provided for.
HF742 (Dill) Natural resources commissioner’s authority and duty modified, definitions modified, invasive species provisions modified, watercraft provisions modified, license seizures provided for, game and fish license provisions modified, game and fish taking requirements modified, all-terrain vehicle registration and watercraft license exemptions modified, nonresident all-terrain vehicle state trail pass requirements modified, and rulemaking required.
HF1069 (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified.

 

12:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Division

Room: 123 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: Discussion on State Grant Program
Presentation of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Division’s Omnibus Bill

12:30 p.m.
House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski

Agenda: HF983 (Lien): Omnibus higher education policy bill

Article 1 (Appropriations) of the omnibus higher education bill will be released.

12:30 p.m.
House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mary Murphy
Agenda: Phase III, Building the Omnibus State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Bill
Amendments will be taken to the Delete-everything amendment to HF1184.
Notes: Amendments are due to committee staff by 9 a.m. April 5.
The intention of the chair is to complete all amendments at the April 8 meeting.

Tuesday, April 9
8:15 a.m.

House Capital Investment
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Presentation of delete everything amendment to HF270 – Omnibus Bonding bill. ***No action will be taken.*** NOTE: The DE amendment and a link to the spreadsheet will be posted on the committee website following the April 9 hearing.

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda:

HF1003 (Morgan) Minnesota math corps program established and money appropriated.

HF1401 (Mullery) Special School District No. 1, grant money appropriated for community engagement and empowerment.

HF1491 (Isaacson) Intermediate school districts authorized to sell and issue facility bonds upon adoption of a resolution.

HF1645 (Bernardy) College concurrent enrollment program full funding provided, and money appropriated

10:00 a.m.
House Government Operations

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Michael Nelson
Agenda: HF1152 (Murphy) Volunteer firefighter relief association fiscal year defined, leave exemption clarified from minimum resumption service requirements for break-in-service service credit, and municipal approval mandated for certain interest rates creditable to deferred service credits.
The second omnibus pension bill that was recommended by the Pension Commission on Tuesday, April 2, will be considered as a DE amendment for HF1152

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Division

Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: S.F. 1236-Bonoff: Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) board of trustees, University of Minnesota (U of M) board of regents and the office of higher education appropriations.

Thursday, April 11
8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Mark up and final passage of Omnibus Bonding bill (HF270) as amended.

Monday, April 15
12:30 p.m.
House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski

Agenda: Omnibus higher education finance and policy bill; final mark-up

Thank you.

Melissa Fahning – Government Relations
(612) 483-3741 cell
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

 

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