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Revised Walz budget would increase Minnesota State funding, reinstate proposed program cuts

The House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee set its sights on Gov. Tim Walz’s postsecondary education budget and policy recommendations again Tuesday.

New tax bracket for state’s highest earners gets first hearing in House

After being bandied about in big-picture tax policy discussions for at least a few years — and appearing in Gov. Tim Walz’s tax proposal for this session — a proposed fifth income tax tier made its House Taxes Committee debut Tuesday.

Cameras could be used to catch work zone speeders

Sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), HF2295 would establish a work zone safety pilot program.

House committee approves bill to add ‘more timely’ expansion to bias crime laws

HF1691 would expand crimes motivated by bias to include bias against a person due to the person’s gender, gender identity, or gender expression, as well as bias against a person who associates with someone in a protected group.

House passes $104.5 million student summer learning package

HF1064 would appropriate $104.5 million to provide additional summer programming to help students make up for learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic.

House leadership proposes $52.5 billion budget for upcoming biennium

The House DFL Caucus released its $52.5 billion in budget targets for the 2022-23 biennium Tuesday.

House passes bill prohibiting price gouging during public emergencies

HF844 would prohibit retailers from increasing the prices of essential goods and services by more than 30% during, and for 30 days after, a public emergency is declared by the governor.

House votes 130-3 to expand mandatory reporters of child maltreatment

A plan to increase the list of who must report known or suspected maltreatment of children to authorities received overwhelming House support.

Proposal to address long-standing inequities in vaccination rates is heard, held over

Minnesota’s Department of Health has been working to address disparities in vaccine use for decades, yet significant gaps continue to exist along racial and ethnic lines and for those with disabilities.

House passes measure requiring fire sprinkler systems in tall residential buildings

HF109 would require existing residential buildings above the 75-foot reach of fire department vehicles to install automatic sprinkler systems, already a requirement for buildings built after 1979.

Pesticide scrutinized for affecting child brain development could be banned

A widely used pesticide could be banned in Minnesota, out of concern that exposure can stunt child brain development.

Bill would fund study on effectiveness of state programs to aid small businesses

A quick visit to the Department of Employment and Economic Development website shows myriad educational programs and grants to help small businesses start up, grow, and prosper.

Local projects would get a boost from property tax division report

If you seek an example of a bipartisan bill, look no further than the proposed House Property Tax Division report.

Week in Review: March 15-19

If long days at the Legislature are taking their toll, take heart because you can choose from several reasons to celebrate this weekend. Today is the second committee deadline a...

State officials, lawmakers give Launch Minnesota program A+ on mid-term report card

HF2066 would make mid-course adjustments to the program to ensure it will be ready to transition from a state-supported program

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