Legislative Update – Last Day of Session Update

With eight hours remaining in the 2018 legislative session, the Senate is in recess, and the House just came back from recess to take up more bills.  On the calendar for today is the omnibus pension bill and the bill that is carrying the MSCF and MSUAASF contracts.

Early this morning, the Senate passed the supplemental budget conference committee report by a vote of 35-32 and shortly thereafter, the House passed it by a vote of 76-49. The bill was sent to Governor Dayton who was not part of an agreement on this report.

The Governor sent conferees a list of 117 objections he had with the supplemental budget bill. Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, said conferees changed or deleted 71 of the governor’s objections. “We met the governor much more than halfway,” said House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers. “The governor doesn’t have to take the bad along with the good,” said House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park.

As a reminder, the bill includes $3.5 million in one-time funds for Minnesota State. $3 million would go towards campus support and $500,000 would be for renewal of workforce development scholarships.

A new bonding bill was just recently released. It includes $129 million for Minnesota State, of which $45 million is for HEAPR. You may view this most recent bill HERE.

We will keep you posted on bonding and all activity throughout the rest of the day.

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