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Bill calls for repeal of MN’s ‘discriminatory and outdated’ fornication, sodomy and adultery statutes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
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
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
RECREATION AND TOURISM
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