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Legislative Update: April 18, 2017

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

MN Legislature Returns This Week for the Final Five Weeks of Session

The Minnesota Legislature returns this week to begin their final push towards the end of session. The 90th Legislative Session constitutionally has to adjourn by Monday, May 22, 2017. That leaves just under five weeks for legislators and Governor Mark Dayton to reach compromises on a number of budget bills as they look to pass a state budget before adjournment. If they cannot pass their budget bills before the May 22 deadline, the legislature will have to look at a specials session to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown come July 1. While five weeks might not seem like a lot of time, at the Capitol it can seem like an eternity. So what to do and how can we help?

Last week, EDAM members received two updates calling for members to contact their legislators. If you have not taken those steps yet, we challenge you to take 5-10 minutes this week and reach out to them regarding the Minnesota Investment Fund, Job Creation Fund, Redevelopment Grant Fund and the Border-to-Border Grant Fund. These programs are critical to economic development, and the legislature needs to hear from EDAM members across the state. Let them know how you use these programs, what they have meant for your communities and why it is important to keep funding these programs and add new money to them.

Over the next few weeks we will keep providing updates as bills move forward in the final weeks. We will also continue to ask for your help as we try to avoid any potential program cuts. Thank you in advance!

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