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Legislative Update: February 20, 2018

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018

After a long and often times contentious off-season, the 2018 Legislative Session officially begins today. The major issue to be addressed is a Capital Investment Bill – to provide state funds for public infrastructure projects all across Minnesota.

The question of whether funding will be available to expand economic development programs remains to be seen.  Prospects for a Supplemental Appropriations Bill depend on the Revenue Forecast which will be published at the end of February.  If the Forecast shows state revenues to be lagging, there is little prospect for any kind of a Supplemental Appropriations Bill.  Even if the revenues are coming in at a rate which provides a small or even moderate surplus, there will likely be significant competition from K-12 Finance and Health and Human Services for these extra state dollars. 

The other key focus of the 2018 Session will be a state Tax Conformity Bill – to adjust state taxes to avoid severe impacts on Minnesota taxpayers as a result of the interplay of our State Code and the recently enacted Federal Tax Reform measures.   The Tax Conformity Bill will also need to rely on state surplus funds to mitigate adverse tax consequences for Minnesota taxpayers.  

As soon as the February Forecast is published, we will provide our analysis and report on prospects for additional resources to be directed to the economic development programs that are so important to business growth and job creation across the state.

If you have any question or comments, please give us a call at (651) 221-1044 or send an e-mail to, or

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