The Minnesota Legislature is expected to reconvene on June 14 in order to pass a budget. Will that goal mean anything more than all the other deadlines lawmakers have already blown this year?
It’s not only that state leaders have all said they want to avoid a shutdown. It’s also that nobody is threatening to hold up the budget unless their top issues are adopted.
The side deals including additional tax cuts and funding to help Minneapolis and St. Paul businesses.
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.
How a four-year-old state Supreme Court decision has changed the nature of budget negotiations at the Minnesota Legislature.
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.
From the role of federal stimulus money to the sidelining of once hot-button issues, what we know (or think we know) about the just-completed session.
What has been dubbed an “off-ramp” is supposed to smooth the process for those with unpaid rent accumulated during the pandemic.
State Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said Thursday there are 18,000 pending applications, and predicted that half a million dollars in payments will be sent out this week.
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.
Taxpayers still need to file by the Monday, May 17 deadline. But the Department of Revenue will later be able to refund any payments affected by the Legislature’s changes.
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.
Gov. Tim Walz made the announcement Thursday and said the mandate will be dropped for everyone — not just for those who have been fully vaccinated.
The move could be key to a budget deal, eventually.
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 news from the U.S. Treasury came as DFL and GOP legislative leaders remain far apart in their negotiations over a two-year budget deal.
Of those households, 60 percent are people of color, 43 percent are receiving unemployment payments and 75 percent earn less than $50,000 a year, according to the Rent Dent Dashboard, a new tool created by a California-based nonprofit, PolicyLink, and the USC Equity Research Institute.