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Week in Review: April 15-19

Hundreds of veterans and their supporters rallied in the Capitol Rotunda for Veterans Day on the Hill April 17. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

Many committees held their final meetings this week with members marking up, debating and voting on comprehensive supplemental budget bills in advance of Friday’s final deadline for those bills to have had favorable action taken on them in order to proceed.

That deadline does not apply to the taxes, bonding or ways and means committees, however, so they will take center stage in the weeks to come as tweaks and procedural moves are made and, of course, a capital investment bill is likely assembled and debated.

A reminder that their will be no House activity Monday and Tuesday of next week in observance of Passover. Legislative happenings will resume April 24 at noon.

Have a good weekend, stay warm, and here’s a look back at what happened over the last few days.

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Recent Dailies

Education finance bill gets passing grade in committee
Fifth and sixth grade students from The Journey School in St. Paul visit the House Education Finance Committee meeting April 17. The students were participating in Minnesota Literacy Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Michele Jokinen) The House Education Finance Committee passed its comprehensive finance bill along party lines Wednesday. The bill would appropriate $43 million in supplemental public educat...
From fish to forests, House panel approves $239.4 million Legacy fund budget
Public testimony is shared with the House Legacy Finance Committee Wednesday before approval of its committee bill. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) What do invasive carp deterrents, puppets, veterans memorials, and forests have in common? All and more would be funded in fiscal year 2025 under a $239.4 million supplemental b...
House workforce panel begins work on supplemental finance bill; vote expected Friday
Darielle Dannen, government relations director for the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Commissioner Matt Varilek walkthrough the supplemental budget bill, HF5205, for the House Workforce Development Finance and Policy Committee. (Photo by Michele Jokinen) It wasn’t quite like speed dating, but close. The House Workforce Development Finance and Policy Committee heard 13 bills Wednesday, giving presenters just two minutes to ta...
Ranked choice voting, local assistance highlight elections supplemental funding bill
Rep. Mike Freiberg presents the elections and campaign finance supplemental budget bill to the House Elections Finance and Policy Committee April 17. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) The Office of the Secretary of State is expected to receive about two-thirds of supplemental funding allocated for elections functions. Much of that would tie into a policy ...
Supplemental housing bill proposes $10 million in new funding
A 2-year-old provided a moment of levity amidst an otherwise serious matter of reviewing the supplemental housing budget bill Tuesday. His mother, Shylah Johnson of Duluth, ...
Addiction recovery facility threatened with closure spared under proposed human services supplemental spending bill
Scott County Commissioner Barb Weckman Brekke testifies before the House Human Services Finance Committee April 16 regarding HF5280, the committee’s budget bill. (Photo by Michele Jokinen) The only all-woman residential substance use disorder facility in the state would be saved from closure if the supplemental human services finance bill meets with success. T...
Nitrate treatment represents bulk of spending proposed in ag finance, policy bill
The House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee listens as staff from the nonpartisan House Research Department walks through the agriculture finance bill April 16. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) One of the first orders of business in the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee this year was an Environmental Protection Agency directive to address drinking water co...
Environment panel to consider a budget, policy bill with ‘spice,’ sponsor says
Waste not, want not could be the theme of this year’s environment and natural resources finance and policy bill. The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Poli...
House’s final climate, energy bill explores more carbon-free options
Kent Sulem, director of government relations for the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, testifies April 16 before the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee regarding HF4177 sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb. (Photo by Michele Jokinen) What’s new in renewables? A 2023 law requires Minnesota residents be using entirely carbon-free electricity sources by 2040. Meanwhile, electrification is afoot, with an increas...
Bonding boost, bridge rededication part of military and veterans affairs bill
A veterans' rally in the Capitol Rotunda. (House Photography file photo) The House Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee did not have any money to work with when the session’s 2024 budget targets were released at the end of March...

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Ways and Means Committee OKs proposed $512 million supplemental budget on party-line vote
Meeting more needs or fiscal irresponsibility is one way to sum up the differences among the two parties on a supplemental spending package a year after a $72 billion state budg...
Minnesota’s projected budget surplus balloons to $3.7 billion, but fiscal pressure still looms
Just as Minnesota has experienced a warmer winter than usual, so has the state’s budget outlook warmed over the past few months. On Thursday, Minnesota Management and Budget...

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