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Now's the time for infrastructure upgrades, House transportation chair says

The state is anticipating a budget surplus at the same time the federal government is planning on sending billions of dollars to the states through the Infrastructure Investment...

House's omnibus tax bill proposes $1.6 billion in tax cuts, credits

There will be cuts. The omnibus tax bill presented to the House Taxes Committee on Tuesday does make significant tax cuts in dozens of areas, which has been a hot topic arou...

Prohibiting PFAS, regulating farmed white-tailed deer key points in omnibus environment bill

Two of the biggest concerns heard by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee this year have been regulating farmed white-tailed deer to control ...

More affordable, available child care at core of omnibus early childhood bill

Making child care affordable for low-income families and helping child care providers are two key elements of the omnibus early childhood finance and policy bill. It would m...

Omnibus climate and energy bill targets a ‘clean energy transition’

Battling the rising cost of energy could be assisted by the proverbial ounce of prevention. And the move toward the use of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles continu...

Housing supply fixes, financial assistance for homebuyers, renter protections part of omnibus housing bill

Increasing and maintaining the housing supply, providing financial assistance to homebuyers, renter protections and reducing the racial homeownership gap are key priorities in t...

Omnibus bill aims to boost judicial services, public defender compensation

The bottom line in the omnibus judiciary finance bill is a $138.3 million supplemental funding request for fiscal year 2023. Much of the funds requested in HF3920, as amended, would hire more and give pay raises to public defenders who represent those accused of criminal offenses.

Omnibus workforce bill focuses on worker shortage, wealth gaps

The omnibus workforce and business development finance and policy bill would direct $180 million in spending with an emphasis on addressing worker shortages and wealth gaps as t...

Education finance panel begins walkthrough of omnibus E-12 education bill

Increasing learning opportunities for all to help eliminate opportunity gaps and racial disparities in education is a central focus of the omnibus education finance and policy b...

House lawmakers unveil ag omnibus bill that features new opportunities for farming, food processing industries

Creating new and additional opportunities for farming, meat processing, developing winter-hardy crops, eliminating noxious weeds and soil health initiatives are major provisions...

Week in Review: March 28 – April 1

The Session Daily staff wrote 41 stories this week, highlighting a fraction of bills heard, debated, approved and passed over the last few days. The House will begin its Eas...

Legislation would steer funds toward boosting metro bus service

Improvements to the Twin Cities bus system could give riders 40 hours of their lives back. That’s the estimate of annual time savings per rider with signal priority systems ...

Health panel considers bill creating state board to address high health care costs

Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth) sponsors HF4430 that would establish a state board to monitor health care costs, set targets to limit those costs, and step in to issue fines if those targets are exceeded.

Joint hearing considers funding to help inmates better connect with family

HF4191 would create a family support unit within the Department of Corrections focused on providing meaningful connections between incarcerated individuals and their families.

State fairgrounds could get a temporary boost from tax receipts

It’s been a tough couple of years for the Minnesota State Fair. Canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, the fair returned in 2021, but the delta variant was on the upswing and att...

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