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Committee hears proposal that aims to reduce childhood hunger

Sponsored by Rep. Sydney Jordan (DFL-Mpls), HF1985 would enroll more schools in the federal Community Eligibility Provision program, which provides no-cost meals to all students in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Installing solar could get cheaper with tax credit

But Rep. Robert Bierman (DFL-Apple Valley) saw something in Iowa he thought would make a lot of sense for Minnesota: The state offers a nonrefundable tax credit to taxpayers who install a solar energy system.

Elections panel hears bill requiring early voting instructions in languages other than English

Sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), HF158 would require the Office of the Secretary of State to prepare in-person absentee-voting — or early voting — instructions in languages other than English.

Racial equity impact note could be needed for proposed legislation

HF2297 would require the Legislative Budget Office, upon request from a committee’s chair or ranking minority party member, to coordinate completion of a racial equity impact note.

Proposal could stabilize regional public library systems’ state funding

HF1710, sponsored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL-St. Cloud), would increase funding for the state’s regional public library systems and modify the aid distribution formula.

State could collect more from profit shifters under bills

HF2114, sponsored by the committee’s chair, Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), would make all income of a controlled foreign corporation subject to the state’s tax apportionment formula.

Homeless vets could get housing support through proposed omnibus bill

Minnesota's 150 homeless veterans who do not qualify for assistance through a federal program because of their discharge status could receive state housing vouchers and wraparound services.

Applying for college? Proposed pilot program aims to simplify the process

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Mpls), HF2205 would create a pilot program to automatically offer eligible public high school seniors conditional admission to Minnesota State colleges and universities.

Property Tax Division wraps up its report, calls it a session

After spending almost three months deep in the heart of taxes, the House Property Tax Division put the finishing touches on its report Wednesday and adjourned for the year, barring any unforeseen business.

As Minnesota farmers age, bill would step up outreach to potential farmers of color

HF2298, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would allocate $300,000 next biennium to establish an emerging farmer office within the Department of Agriculture

Proposal would modify compensatory education revenue formula

The state’s compensatory education revenue formula provides additional funding to school districts to support students who are not meeting state standards.

Committee begins discussion of governor’s human services budget

The House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee began its consideration Wednesday of the budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz for the Department of Human Services during the upcoming biennium.

Committees hear request for $2 million to fund community-based chemical dependency recovery organizations

HF2084 would appropriate $2 million from the General Fund in both years of the 2022-23 biennium to the Department of Human Services for grants to recovery community organizations.

Extension of COVID-19 presumption included in approved bill

For workers' compensation purposes, the presumption that first responders, law enforcement and health care providers with COVID-19 caught the disease on the job could be extended until Jan. 1, 2022.

Funding sought to help teachers teach economics and personal finance

HF2146 would help fund professional development courses on economics and personal finances to Minnesota’s K-12 teachers.

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