Legislative Update – February 3, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget yesterday, which includes new proposals for higher education and workforce training. His proposal includes $60.3 billion over 10 years for the America’s College Promise, a federal-state partnership grant that would provide free tuition at community colleges for qualified students. Also included is $200 million for the American Technical Training fund. This fund would be similar to  the now expired Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). Funds will be used to support college and industry partnerships and provide accelerated training in high-demand fields.

His budget also proposes $7 billion over 10 years for a College Opportunity and Graduation Bonus program which would provide an annual grant to eligible institutions based on their number of on-time graduates that receive Pell Grants. There is also a recommendation to streamline existing higher education tax credits to create a more permanent American Opportunity Tax Credit.

In regards to the Pell Grant program, Obama’s budget proposes investing $29.7 billion over 10 years to extend the annual consumer price index (CPI) increases to the Pell Grant maximum beyond 2017. His proposal also calls for continuing access to a full maximum Pell Grant award for Ability to Benefit students enrolled in career pathway programs. And $200 million is included for the First in the World Fund to invest in innovative strategies and practices that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families.

You can find further information on President Obama’s budget at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget16/budget-factsheet.pdf


Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.

House State Government Finance

Room: 200 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Sarah Anderson

Agenda: Remarks on state insurance plans
Introduction from Minnesota Management and Budget: Myron Frans, Commissioner; Scott Anderson, State Program Administration Manager

10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office building

Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton

Agenda: Minnesota Department of Agriculture report on the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) program.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture report on the NextGen Energy Board activities.

AGRI Legislative Report.pdf

Legislative Report NextGen 2015 Report FINAL.pdf

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon

Agenda: State Assessments Overview – MDE

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development

Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Minnesota Office of Higher Education – Various Overviews & Updates on
Programs related to Higher Education in Minnesota
-Greater Minnesota Internship Program
-Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS)
-Creating a SELF Loan Refinance Program Report
-Barriers to Completion Report
-Study Abroad Report

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes

Agenda: Overview from the Office of Higher Education on the Governor’s Budget

2:45 p.m.

House Health and Human Services Reform

Room: 200 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Tara Mack
Agenda: HF211 (Kiel) Rural mental health professionals, public health nurses, dental therapists, and advanced dental therapists added to the health professional education loan forgiveness program and money appropriated.

12:45 p.m.

House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy

Room: Basement Hearing Room

Chair: Rep. Bob Gunther

Agenda: Overview of Governors Workforce Development Commission (GWDC)
DEED Deputy Commissioner Jeremy Hanson-Willis
Overview of Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA)
Anne Kilzer, Director and Governmental Services Coordinator
Complete Testimony on Workforce Housing Issues in Greater Minnesota
Dan Dorman, Executive Director, Greater Minnesota Partnership
Warren Hanson, President & CEO, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Rebecca Melang, Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Homes for All
Amanda Kappes, Policy Coordinator, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
Mona L. Langston, Community Services Program Specialist, State Council on Black Minnesotans
Mark Brunner, President, Manufactured & Modular Home Association of Minnesota
Hector Garcia, Executive Director, Chicano Latino Affairs Council

Looking Ahead

Thursday, February 5

8:15 a.m.

House Education Innovation Policy

Room: Basement State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson

Agenda: Presentations on career and technical education.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Education

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 298-Stumpf: Temporary teaching licensure extension to initial teaching licensure authorization.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Torkelson

Agenda: Overview of the MMB Cancellation Report

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda: Minnesota Department of Education – Presentation on Teacher Development and Evaluation/Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System Alignment Work Group

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: Minnesota PIPELINE Project 2015 Progress Report, Department of Labor and
S.F. 5-Bonoff: Workforce development; employees dual training competency grants program development and appropriation.
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development – Presentations  on the Net Impact Reports for Workforce Programs and the Itasca Project’s Task Force related to Improving Higher Education

3:30 p.m.

House in Session

Tuesday, February 10

4:00 p.m.
Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development; House Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff, Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: Recommend nominees for the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to be presented to a Joint Convention of the Legislature.

Bill Introductions

Please see the attached spreadsheet for the most recent higher education related bill introductions.


Thank you.

Melissa Fahning
Director of Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
651-201-1757 (work) 612-483-3741 (cell)

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