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Week in Review: March 20-24

Flanked by Gov. Tim Walz and Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, House Speaker Melissa Hortman announces an agreement on budget targets March 21. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Flanked by Gov. Tim Walz and Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, House Speaker Melissa Hortman announces an agreement on budget targets March 21. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

This week brought an agreement between legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz on the session’s budget targets, with nearly $18 billion in new spending proposed.

Lawmakers now have the framework they need to assemble the 2023 omnibus bills that will comprise the bulk of the state’s budget for the next two fiscal years. That work has already begun behind the scenes but will be unveiled to the public over the next few days as several committees have already noted on the House schedule.

Images of the Week: March 20-24

Have a good weekend, get some rest if you are able, and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the past week.



Ag omnibus policy bill sails through committee to House Floor


Pollinator protections among provisions in ag policy bill



Higher demand equals more than $30 million ask for Minnesota’s children’s museums


More than a dozen urban organizations make combined $136 million funding request


Health care simulation training center — and $8 million funding ask — aims to treat workforce ills



Walz, legislative leaders announce budget targets for 2023 session



Commerce panel amends recreational marijuana bill to reduce personal possession limit



Judiciary panel advances bill to reform aiding and abetting felony murder law


Changes to Board of Pardons could make clemency more attainable



Minnesota sports boosters seek $50 million from state lawmakers to lure more marquee events



Lawmakers consider proposal to accelerate gender-neutral bathroom construction in K-12 schools


House committee votes to extend unemployment benefits to hourly school workers


Bill would fund air ventilation overhauls in public schools


House panel approves update to 37-year-old school nurse staffing law


Lawmakers consider mandating MN schools carry naloxone as teen opioid overdoses spike



House committee advances proposed doubling of public campaign reimbursement



Labor committee's omnibus policy bill heads to House Floor on party-line vote



House passes bill to unlock federal funds for renewable energy projects


Grants could help state catch up with electric school buses


Climate finance authority could unleash federal funds upon state projects



Legislation seeks to keep Dakota, Ojibwe languages alive


House passes bill to establish Minnesota as a ‘trans refuge’ state


House bill aims to ‘make a big difference’ with education savings accounts for all MN newborns


With some federal funding lost, legislator proposes $20 million for HIV/AIDS support services


House passes bill that could establish Minnesota as a safe haven for reproductive health care



Governor proposes more than 12 percent hike in higher education funding



Metro sales tax might foot bill for statewide rental assistance program


Lawmakers weigh down payment assistance program for Minnesota’s first-time homebuyers


Critics chastise $120 million relief program proposed for nonprofit housing providers


One possible solution to the homeless crisis? Communities of tiny homes on holy ground



Proposed redrawn Met Council district map gains committee approval



House passes private prison prohibition


Communication crisis: Officials seek $250 million to upgrade obsolete portable emergency radios



Omnibus government bill proposes changes to definition of legislative day, altered session start date


Open space relocation, building demolition could be among changes coming to State Capitol area



House Property Tax Division report heads to taxes committee


State might take a smaller bite of pull tab revenue


Renters, cities and counties big beneficiaries of Property Tax Division report



Transportation chair says metro sales tax increase could pay for better buses, safer trains


No fare — or, no fair? Free ride pilot project included in bus improvement bill


Proposal to dedicate auto parts sales tax revenues could mean more money for local roads, bridges

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