Legislative Update 5-13-13

Yesterday at the Capitol
The Senate took up the contract ratification bill on the floor Friday afternoon and after amending it to include a provision on the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, passed it by a vote of 47-14. The bill ratifies the IFO, MSUAASF and the MSCF faculty contracts as well as the MnSCU administrator’s plan. The House has to vote on the bill next.

Budget agreement reached

On Sunday DFL legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton announced an agreement on the 2014-2015 budget, which includes $250 million for higher education. As a reminder, the Senate higher education bill currently invests $262 million in new funds for higher education and the House bill invests $150 million in new money. The higher education conference committee will meet today 30 minutes after the last body adjourns in room 318 of the State Capitol.

Below is the press release that was released yesterday by Gov. Dayton, the Senate DFL and the House DFL:

Governor Dayton & DFL leaders agree on a budget that invests in jobs, better education, and the middle class
May 12, 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota – Governor Mark Dayton, Speaker Paul Thissen, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk today announced agreement on spending and revenue targets for the FY 2014/15 state budget.  These targets provide the framework for a fair and responsible budget that invests in the middle class.

The agreement reached by Governor Dayton and DFL leaders:

  • Closes the state’s $627 million budget deficit in FY 14-15 without budget gimmicks and achieves long-term structural balance in FY 16-17.
  • Repays all of the money borrowed from Minnesota’s schools in the next two years.
    Makes an historic $725 million investment in education ($475 million in E-12 education and $250 million in higher education).
  • Provides $400 million in property tax relief.
  • Pays for those investments by asking the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to pay their fair share in taxes, closing corporate tax loopholes, and reforming our tax system to make it fairer for middle-income Minnesotans.

Governor Dayton, Speaker Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk released the following statement:

“When the legislative session began, we shared the goal of progress for Minnesotans on education, job creation, and better government.  This budget delivers on our promise of progress.

“We agreed that we needed to put middle class Minnesotans first. We agreed on the need to invest in education, from early learning through higher education.  We agreed it was time to put fairness back in the tax system, close the deficit, and balance the budget for the long term without games or gimmicks. Today, we are pleased to announce a budget framework agreement that accomplishes these priorities and moves Minnesota forward.”

“Our plan eliminates the projected $627 million deficit and balances the state budget for the next two bienniums with no gimmicks or shifts. We pay back, in the next biennium, all of the money still owed to our schools.  We make historic new investments in education, including early childhood scholarships and funding to provide all-day kindergarten for all of Minnesota’s children.  We make major new investments in new job-creating incentives for businesses to locate or expand in our state.  And we spend $400 million to provide very significant property tax relief for Minnesotans, while asking the very wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share in income taxes.”

Today at the Capitol

9:00 a.m.
Conference Committee on H.F. 630
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Charles W. Wiger and Rep. Paul Marquart
CONFEREES: SENATE: Wiger; Torres Ray; Dahle; Johnson; Stumpf
HOUSE: Marquart; Urdahl; Brynaert; Morgan; Mariani
Agenda: H.F. 630-Wiger: Omnibus pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education finance bill.

Discussion of teacher licensure, assessments, achievement and integration for Minnesota, and task forces

11:00 a.m.
House in Session


HF335 (Simon) Jury service exclusion prohibited on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation.

SF1307 (Schoen) Human Rights Department certificates of compliance provisions changed.

HF1604 (Abeler) Diverted narcotic or controlled substance report required.

HF1067 (Erickson, R.) Land transfer from Red Lake School District to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians authorized.

12:00 p.m.

Senate in Session
H.F. 1054, providing for same-sex marriage


1:00 p.m. of call of the chair
Conference Committee on H.F. 677
Room: 15 Caitol
Chairs: Sen. Rod Skoe and Rep. Ann Lenczewski
CONFEREES: SENATE: Skoe; Dziedzic; Koenen; Rest; Senjem

HOUSE: Lenczewski; Anzelc; Norton; Benson; Davnie
Agenda: H.F. 677-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill.

4:00 p.m. or call of the chair

Conference Committee on HF 729
Room: 107 Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Tim Mahoney, Sen. Dave Tomassoni
Room: 107 State Capitol
Agenda: HF729 (Mahoney) Omnibus jobs and economic development finance bill.

30 minutes after the last body adjourns

Conference Committee on S.F. 1236
Room: 318 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff and Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr.
CONFEREES: SENATE: Bonoff; Miller; Eken; Clausen; Pappas

HOUSE: Pelowski Jr.; Winkler; Rosenthal; Dorholt; Nornes
Agenda: S.F. 1236-Bonoff: Omnibus higher education appropriations bill.
Walk through of spreadsheets and side-by-sides for the Higher Education omnibus bills

Immediately following session

Committee on Finance
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
S.F. 1480-Johnson, A.: Childhood obesity pilot program appropriation.
H.F. 1389-Scalze: Office of enterprise technology (OET) name change to office of MN.IT services and provisions modifications; finance and budget provisions modifications.
S.F. 1633-Stumpf: Senate capital investment committee chairs capital investment projects notification requirement.
H.F. 1451-Latz: I-35W bridge remnant steel disposition authorization.
S.F. 56-Saxhaug: Outdoor heritage fund appropriations.
H.F. 826-Dibble: Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.
S.F. 1051-Cohen: Clean water fund and parks and trails fund appropriations.

At the call of the chair
Conference Committee on S.F. 1589
Room: 118 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Rep. Mary Murphy
CONFEREES: SENATE: Saxhaug; Eaton; Franzen; Champion; Cohen
HOUSE: Murphy; Nelson; Simon; Persell; Newton
Agenda: S.F. 1589-Saxhaug: Omnibus state government, veterans and military affairs appropriations.

Looking Ahead

30 minutes after session adjourns
House Ways and Means

Room: 200 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Lyndon Carlson


Modify House Budget Resolution

HF1832 (Schomacker) Disaster aid money appropriated to match federal aid for the April 2013 severe winter storm in southwest Minnesota.

HF1297 (Carlson) Legislative Advisory Commission, Legislative Coordinating Commission, Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, Compensation Council, and Mississippi River Parkway Commission provisions changed.

HF 1823 (Metsa) Council authorized to establish salaries for legislators, Compensation Council composition changed, and constitutional amendment proposed. (Pending re-referral on the House floor on Tuesday)
Thank you.

Melissa Fahning
Government Relations

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