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Week in Review: Feb. 21 – 25

Members of the Department of Administration’s Plant Management grounds crew work to clear snow from the State Capitol steps on a frigid morning Feb. 23. Photo by Paul Battaglia
Members of the Department of Administration’s Plant Management grounds crew work to clear snow from the State Capitol steps on a frigid morning Feb. 23. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Just less than three months ago, state officials predicted Minnesotans would have a $7.7 billion budget surplus for the fiscal 2022-23 biennium. But the February 2022 Budget and Economic Forecast, to be released Monday, may bring even better economic news with revenues already higher than expected this year.

Although a budget surplus often makes lawmakers’ work more difficult as decisions about what to do with the extra money abound, those types of economic problems are definitely better than the alternative. Whatever the numbers say Monday, they will provide House members the data needed to make final decisions in the weeks to come on the legislation that will help shape the state’s future.

But before looking too far into the future, here’s another look at what you may have missed this week and have a pleasant weekend.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.


Hemp could be approved as food additive in Minnesota



Bill calls for repeal of MN’s ‘discriminatory and outdated’ fornication, sodomy and adultery statutes


Judiciary bill aims to affirm parental rights of the blind


Default approach shouldn’t be terminating parental rights, bill supporters say



Trio of bills aim to address barriers to employment, business growth



Bill hopes to boost efforts helping teachers, students improve financial literacy


Foundational blueprint sought to expand computer science education in schools


More money sought to expand professional development program for language teachers


Supporters of full-service community schools seek more funding


Permanent funding sought for voluntary pre-K, school readiness programs


Greater guidance for school anti-bullying bills get different results



House passes $1 billion plan for frontline worker bonuses


Bill to let retirees return to work without pension problems, passes House


House panel approves bill to limit use of employee non-compete clauses


Executive branch labor agreements, compensation plans gain committee support


Student loan forgiveness pitched as possible solution to rural health worker shortage



How to get renewable energy onto the grid? Northfield has an idea



Supporters say boost in funding vital for disability council to continue its work as advisor, advocate


Reforms aim to offer consistency, focus on safety, well-being of vulnerable adults


Minnesotans' tobacco use target of bill that gets health panel's OK


Legislation aims to spur training, education in effort to ease MN's mental health workforce 'crisis'



House panel approves bill to restart RentHelpMN’s application process


Multi-million dollar funding request aims to help homeless youth program


House panel considers bills to increase housing infrastructure bonds



A ‘once-in-our-generation’ event? House bill would support celebration for commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul



Armored vest authorization sought for ‘very vulnerable’ first responders



Sagging MN tourism industry could get a boost



Companion Animal Board creation gets some committee affection


Lobbyists could be required to disclose financial interests each year


Rep. Sondra Erickson won’t seek a 13th House term in November


Poston announces he won’t seek re-election



$15 million in incentive bonuses proposed to spur new peace officer hires


Would local and county services improve with an incentive program?


Walz tax proposals get first hearing in House


Grants for COVID-shuttered venues would be tax-free under pair of bills



Legislation envisions rest stops filling gaps in electric vehicle charging network


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