Legislative Update – April 8, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

Governor Dayton recommends $100 million in bonding for MnSCU

Governor Mark Dayton released his bonding recommendations yesterday for the 2015 session. For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities he will be including a little over $100 million in general obligation funds, plus $15 million in user financing. This is the one-third debt service the system and individual colleges and universities pay on bonding projects. The projects (total cost) included in the Governor’s recommendation are:

  • HEAPR: $70 million
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson and Canby Powerline Facility, and Geothermal System renovation: $3.267 million
  • Dakota County Technical College Transportation and Emerging Technologies renovation: $7.733 million
  • Anoka Technical College Manufacturing Technology Hub and Auto Tech Lab renovation: $2.114 million
  • Saint Paul College Heath & Science Alliance Center addition: $18.829 million
  • Century College Classroom and Workforce Alignment addition: $1.325 million
  • South Central College, North Mankato STEM and Healthcare renovation: $8.6 million
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls and Wadena Center for Student Success, Campus rightsizing and renovation: $2.373 million
  • Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks Laboratory renovation: $826,000

The system released a statement yesterday, “We deeply appreciate the governor’s commitment to preserving MnSCU’s physical assets, and thank our students, faculty, staff and Board for their hard work in developing and advocating for our capital projects.”

The full detail of the Governor’s recommendation can be found at the links below.

Link to the presentation: http://www.mn.gov/governor/images/mmb_capital_budget_presentation.pdf

Governor Dayton’s press release: http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-160316

Full list of projects: http://www.mn.gov/governor/images/mmb_capital_budget_recommendations.pdf

Leaders ask Senate to fully fund MnSCU budget request

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presented the $142 million budget request to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee yesterday. Leaders from across the system presented on behalf of the request. Trustee Jay Cowles told committee members that the system is encouraged by the high priority of higher education in the biennial budget process and are grateful to Governor Mark Dayton for recommending to fully fund the $142 million request to cover inflationary costs and a tuition freeze.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone shared with the committee five key facts: MnSCU serves all Minnesotans; Minnesota higher education cuts over the years are deeper than the national average; revenue and spending has been flat, and state support for higher education is down; there are two primary revenue sources that fund the colleges and universities, state support and tuition; and overall administrative spending by colleges and universities is among the lowest in the nation. Rosenstone said that additional resources are needed in the next biennium to provide for a compensation increase and the cost of operations. He said MnSCU is committed to protecting programs on the campuses to continue meeting the needs of students and the workforce, protecting the ability to deliver the programs, and protecting affordability to ensure access for all Minnesotans.

Northeast Higher Education President Sue Collins shared with committee members the budget situation at her campuses. She told members that without the $142 million request, the NHED colleges can’t continue to be the engine that the communities expect. “We are truly at a crossroads,” Collins said. “During the time of my presidency, we have reduced 100 positions, we are deficit spending to balance FY2015 budgets and we will be there again in FY2016 without the relief that the Board’s $142 million request would bring to us.”

President Kayley Schoonmaker, Minnesota State College Student Association, told the committee that for students on the edge of affording college, the $142 million request that consists of a tuition freeze, will help those students. State Chair Kari Cooper, Minnesota State University Student Association, testified that it is her hope that the Legislature continues efforts to freeze tuition, especially at a time when students struggle with high student debt loads. President June Clark, AFSCME, shared with committee members the work she does at M State as a nursing admissions coordinator to respond to citizens of Minnesota. In order to continue that work, she told committee members how important the $142 million request is. Vice Chair Tim Beske, MAPE, told members that MAPE employees do a variety of jobs on the college and university campuses. He said that it is hard to maintain a quality system without support in funding.

President Adam Klepetar, MSUAASF, testified on behalf of the $142 million request and said that he stands with Chancellor Rosenstone, the Board of Trustees, the other unions, and most importantly the students in seeking this funding. President Jim Grabowska, IFO, told committee members that he sees the return on the $142 million investment as an investment in proven programs and protecting the ability to deliver those programs. The final presenter, President Kevin Lindstrom, MSCF, asked the committee members for the sake of affordability and access, to fully fund the system’s request.

The next step for the committee is to put together their omnibus finance bill to fund higher education for the 2016-2017 biennium. Recall that the Senate has a higher education target of $205 million, while the House’s higher education target is $53 million. We can expect to see both the Senate and House bills next week.

Today at the Capitol

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 1370-Westrom: Early education services for students from adjoining states authorization.
S.F. 920-Jensen: State academies for the deaf and blind for technology enhancements appropriation.
S.F. 1042-Bonoff: Area learning center programs additional aid appropriation.
S.F. 1044-Wiklund: English learner state aid qualification modification.
S.F. 1883-Jensen: Career and technical education equipment grants establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 849-Stumpf: Minnesota learning resource center A Chance to Grow grant appropriation.
S.F. 1935-Wiger: General education basic formula allowance clarification

S.F. 1635-Rest: Charter schools alternative special education aid payment modification.

10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton
Agenda:
HF1337 (Kiel) Agricultural Utilization Research Institute provided funding to increased capacity for rural economic development, and money appropriated.
HF153 (Clark) Urban agriculture development grants established, and money appropriated.
HF779 (Hamilton) Agriculture Research, Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer Board established, and money appropriated.

12:00 p.m.
Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. David J. Tomassoni
Agenda:
S.F. 1749-Koenen: Food hubs and alternative community-based food distribution systems grants appropriation.
S.F. 1271-Koenen: Livestock industry study requirement.
S.F. 927-Eken: Minnesota agricultural education leadership council grants appropriation.
S.F. 618-Eken: Industrial Hemp Development Act.
S.F. 517-Saxhaug: Advanced biofuel production incentive program, renewable chemical production incentive program and biomass production incentive program creation and appropriation.
S.F. 1993-Sparks: Agriculture research, education, extension, and technology transfer grant program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 1389-Sparks: Noxious weed grant program appropriation.
S.F. 733-Sparks: Agricultural marketing efforts and outreach to Cuba appropriation.
S.F. 1302-Weber: University of Minnesota veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipment and facilities appropriation

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda: HF1446 (Selcer) Science, technology, engineering, and math based course development by school districts funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1643 (Sundin) Early childhood family education revenue and school readiness aid use flexibility provided.
Governor Dayton’s Revised Education Recommendations

(4/6/2015) Governor’s Supplemental Budget Recommendations-Delete All Amendment.pdf

Hearing may be continued Wednesday Evening

12:45 p.m.
House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo
Agenda:
HF1951 (Garofalo) Rate-regulated cooperative associations allowed to file for Public Utilities Commission review adjustments for property taxes and other costs.
HF1693 (Atkins) Unclaimed property requirements modified; commissioner’s duties modified, and money appropriated.
HF1969 (Vogel) Legislative approval of housing incentives and allocations by the Metropolitan Council required.
HF750 (Kiel) Job training grants to employers provided, report required, and money appropriated.
HF843 (Garofalo) A DE-1 will be introduced which will serve as the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee Omnibus Policy and Finance bill.

12:45 p.m.
House Health and Human Services Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Matt Dean
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
HF1447 (Kiel) Legislative Health Care Workforce commission investment priorities implemented; grant program established to expand clinical training of advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, and mental health professionals; grant program established to expand primary care residency training; incentive program payment provided for health professions student preceptors and medical resident preceptors; and money appropriated.
HF614 (Baker) Long-term care workforce needs provided, employee scholarships and loan forgiveness provided, nursing facility rate provisions modified, and money appropriated
HF627 (Franson) Nursing facility employee scholarship costs modified, list of health professionals eligible for the health professional education loan forgiveness program modified, and money appropriated
HF1152 (Daniels) Home care employee work group established to review and make recommendations on vaccinating and screening home care employees, and money appropriated
HF971 (Schomacker) Statewide advance care planning resource organization grant awarded, and money appropriated

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda:
S.F. 216-Dahle: Electronic gratuities credit provisions modifications.
S.F. 1328-Tomassoni: Wage Theft Protection Act.
S.F. 1330-Latz: Fair Scheduling Act.
S.F. 481-Pappas: Employee earned sick and safe time; department of labor and industry enforcement powers modifications; fines and penalties increases; reporting and rulemaking

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: HF1875 (Erhardt) Pilot student loan forgiveness provided, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
HF545 (Johnson) Veterans-to-agriculture pilot program established, and money appropriated.
Additional bills may be added

(4/7/2015) H1875A2 Amendment to HF 1875.pdf

(4/7/2015) A15-0404 Amendment to HF 545 .pdf

4:00 p.m.
Senate State Departments and Veterans Budget Division – Veterans and Military Affairs Subdivision
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Jim Carlson
Agenda: S.F. 425-Saxhaug: Military affairs and veterans affairs appropriations
S.F. 2024-Saxhaug: Education department expedited and temporary licensing for former and current members of the military funds provision and funds transfer authorization

5:30 p.m.
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room: Basement Hearing Room, State Office Building
Chair:  Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
Agenda:
Presentation by the Commission actuary, Deloitte Consulting, LLP.
Presentation by the State Board of Investment.
Discussion of the MERF-PERA merger.
Final consideration and action on the 2015 Omnibus Pension Bill.
Other items as designated by the Commission chair.

Looking Ahead

Thursday, April 9

8:15 a.m.
State Government Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sarah Anderson
Agenda:
HF1190 (Kresha) Minnesota Military Museum funding provided, and money appropriated
HF1261 (Kresha) State agency rulemaking regulated, and rules having substantial economic impact provided process requirements
HF1353 (Laine) Minnesota ethnic councils governing laws revised

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 811-Wiger: Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education funding.
S.F. 1287-Senjem: Learning year pupil unit provisions modification.
S.F. 606-Cohen: Early learning scholarships program appropriation.
S.F. 1642-Tomassoni: Innovative technology cooperative appropriation.
S.F. 1643-Tomassoni: Education compensation revenue pupil units calculation modification.
S.F. 970-Hoffman, J.: School district compensatory pilot project revenue permanency.
S.F. xxx Saxhaug American Indian student grants (pending introduction and referral)
S.F. 990-Wiger: Digital student achievement backpack establishment (pending referral).
S.F. 658-Jensen: Independent school district #761, Owatonna; referendum revenue amount clarification.
S.F. 1314-Jensen: Information technology certifications through public-private partnerships for grades 9-12 and appropriation

S.F. 343-Kent: National association of sport and physical education kindergarten through grade 12 standards and benchmarks adoption requirement

10:15 a.m.
House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo
Agenda: Continued public comment on HF843 (Garofalo) Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee Omnibus Policy and Finance bill.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:00 p.m.
House in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda: HF922 (Drazkowski) Local referenda related to spending required to be conducted on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
HF2077 (Drazkowski) School building bond agricultural credit provided, and money appropriated.
HF1897 (Isaacson) Career and technical education need grant programs established, and money appropriated.
HF1248 (Freiberg) West Metro Education Program; school buildings conveyed to member districts, and orderly transition provided.

12:45 p.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Torkelson
Agenda: Presentation by House Fiscal Analyst, Andrew Lee on State Debt Capacity.
Presentation and discussion on the Governor’s bonding proposal

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda:
S.F. 893-Hawj: Kathleen McCullough-Zander Success in Nursing Program.
S.F. 1716-Dahms: Agricultural growth, research, and innovation programs and activities grants and appropriations.
S.F. 959-Clausen: School year-long student teaching programs inclusion in teacher preparation programs rules curriculum requirements; pilot program grants and appropriation.
S.F. 1624-Franzen: Higher education expenses matching grants and income tax subtraction.
S.F. 1981-Bonoff: Washington Center internship program scholarships appropriation.

2:00 p.m.
Senate State Departments and Veterans Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda:
S.F. 425-Saxhaug: Military affairs and veterans affairs appropriations.
S.F. 888-Saxhaug: State government, veterans and military affairs appropriations bill.

7:00 p.m.
Governor Dayton’s State of the State

Friday, April 10
8:30 a.m.
Senate Capital Investment
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. LeRoy Stumpf
Agenda: S.F. 699-Pratt: Disaster relief bond issue and appropriations.

11:30
House Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton
Agenda: HF1437 (Hamilton) Agriculture, animal health, and agricultural utilization research funding provided; retail food establishment and food handler license fees provided; agriculture related provisions policy and technical changes made; farm opportunity loan program established; fees and surcharges modified; accounts created; and money appropriated.

Monday, April 13

4:00 p.m.
House State Departments and Veterans Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda: S.F. 888-Saxhaug: State government, veterans and military affairs appropriations bill.

Tuesday, April 14
2:00 p.m.
Senate State Departments and Veterans Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda: S.F. 888-Saxhaug: State government, veterans and military affairs appropriations bill.

Bill Introductions

Please see the attached spreadsheet for the 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)
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

 

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