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Legislative Update: May 29, 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Our update from last week can be amended to include the fact that the Governor vetoed both the Tax and Supplemental Budget bills, meaning only the Bonding Bill will become law (it hasn’t been signed yet either, but also hasn’t been vetoed). This means there are no changes to the DEED programs as had been contemplated in the Supplemental Budget bill and their budget remains unchanged for the remainder of the biennium.

The other major development since Session ended is that Senator/Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach has resigned her Senate seat and has officially been sworn in as Lieutenant Governor. This is significant because it requires a special election to fill her seat, which will determine control of the entire Minnesota Senate (with her resignation, the Senate is tied 33-33). The special election will coincide with the general election in November, which means every elected office in Minnesota is on the ballot this November one way or another: both US Senate seats, all US House of Representative seats, the Governor’s seat, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, the entire Minnesota House, and now a special election for the fate of the Minnesota Senate (which isn’t otherwise up for reelection until 2020). Republican Minnesota House Member Jeff Howe has announced he will run for the seat, the district has been a reliable seat for Republicans, but given the stakes of this special election it is all but certain to be a hotly contested and expensive election.

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