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Legislative Update: May 23, 2017

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Legislature Begins Special Session

Members of the state legislature worked late into the night repeatedly in the countdown to Monday night’s constitutionally-mandated deadline for adjournment of the session. And once again, they ran out of time, forcing overtime at the State Capitol.

As is required by state law, the House and Senate both adjourned before midnight on Monday, and will not return to a regular session until February 20, 2018. But at one minute past midnight, a special legislative session called by Governor Mark Dayton began and will run until the early hours of Wednesday morning, by which time they expect a compromised two-year state budget to be in place.

This will end the threat of a government shutdown and provide some new spending via a bonding bill, which is expected to pass sometime late Tuesday.

On the economic development front, the Jobs Conference Committee finally wrapped up work on a new bill at 2:00 a.m. Monday, with the conferees sending their compromised piece of legislation on to the House and Senate floors. It passed both bodies on Monday, and is headed to the governor for his signature or a veto.

The numbers for EDAM interests got slightly better from the version that was passed earlier in May and vetoed by the governor. View the full spreadsheet.

The House and Senate have no funding included for the Redevelopment Grant Program. Some key positive funding numbers in the bill include:

  • On Line 71 the Minnesota Investment Fund receives $25 million for the biennium ($1 million more than the initial spreadsheet).
  • On Line 74 the Job Creation Fund receives $16 million for the biennium ($1 million more than the initial spreadsheet).
  • On Line 159 the Border to Border Broadband Grant Program receives $20 million for the biennium. ($5 million more than the initial spreadsheet)
  • On Line 160 the Broadband Development Office receives $500,000 for the biennium. (no change)
  • On Line 227 the Broadband Development Office receives $200,000 for the biennium. (no change)

We will continue to update when the governor takes action on the bill.

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