Legislative Update – February 26, 2018

Lawmakers begin the second week of the 2018 legislative session today. We can expect more committee action this week. The higher education committees in both the House and Senate will meet. In the Senate, Higher Education Finance and Policy committee members will receive a presentation on the University of Minnesota Regent Selection Process on Tuesday. On Thursday, Minnesota State will present a Developmental Education Report that was recently submitted to the Legislature. The report requirements from the Legislature included developmental education completion measures, and the development of a system wide developmental education plan. We will provide more information on this hearing and the report later in the week.

Over in the House, Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance committee members will receive a presentation on Tuesday from the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, as well as an overview presented by the Office of Higher Education.

Bonding is also moving this week. Minnesota State will present the system’s bonding request of $224.5 million to the House Capital Investment Committee tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in room 5 of the State Office Building.

Also this week, the February economic forecast will be released on Wednesday. This forecast will shape the governor’s supplemental budget request and the budget targets legislative leaders will create to craft committee bills. Legislative leaders have speculated the forecast will reflect a budget surplus. The press conference will be at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday in room 15 of the State Capitol.

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