The funding would be the largest infusion of money into the program since it began. And it’s possible lawmakers could spend even more.
Officials say the only thing that could keep some local governments in the 13 affected counties out of bankruptcy is the Legislature.
The seven-day case positivity rate, which lags by a week, is 4.2 percent — below the 5-percent threshold state officials say is a concerning sign of disease spread.
House Republicans say they’re open to a smaller bonding bill focused on “critical infrastructure,” but they also aren’t ruling out holding up a bonding bill to try and force the DFL to bend on other issues.
MDH also reports that roughly 55.2 percent of state residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
The legislation updates Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program, which requires utilities to cut energy consumption in the name of efficiency, savings and addressing climate change.
Under the state Constitution, the Legislature’s regular session had to end Monday at Midnight. With a broad spending deal now in place, lawmakers will spend the next several weeks working out the details to meet another constitutional requirement: actually passing a two-year balanced budget before July 1.
MDH reports 40.6 percent of Minnesota’s population — 51.2 percent of those age 16 and older— have completed a full vaccine series.
While Republicans have walked back from their demand that the state kill the new auto emissions standards, they now insist that a two-year delay in implementing them is key to any budget deal.
According to the most recent data available, roughly 48.3 percent of Minnesota’s population — and 60.9 percent of those age 16 and older — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the latest rules are meant to address threats to drinking water and wildlife across much of the state. But the GOP, and a broad lineup of agriculture trade groups, have criticized the rules as inflexible.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reports that 37.2 percent of the state’s population has now been completely vaccinated.
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 2,589,032 people — or roughly 46.5 percent of the state population — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Independent state Sen. Tom Bakk and his DFL counterpart in the House, Rep. Fue Lee of Minneapolis, say they want to pass a bonding bill this year. But with two weeks to go in the session, Bakk’s committee has met just twice so far — and hasn’t passed any proposals.
MDH infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann also said the state is seeing evidence that two previously rare variants of COVID-19 are circulating more widely in Minnesota — and aren’t solely tied to people who have traveled.
The U’s West Central Research and Outreach Center is seeking money from the federal government and the state Legislature to fund a deeper dive into alternative energy storage — and some local lawmakers appear to be interested.
The Johnson & Johnson shots will now be accompanied with a warning about a rare side effect causing blood clots.