As State Budget Biennium Begins, Big Disappointments and a Few Bright Spots Overview of 2017 Legislature’s Impact, A Look Ahead Minnesota’s two-year budget period begins this month, amid a continuing dispute between the Governor and the Legislature over a handful of important tax and immigration provisions, and an impending court battle over the governor’s line-item veto of funding for the Legislature i... Read More
Session and Budget Done, Now a Constitutional Crisis? DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this week approved all major budget and tax bills passed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, averting a protracted deadlock and a state government shutdown. Now all eyes are on Dayton’s apparently unprecedented line-item veto of the Legislature’s own operating budget, in response to the Legislature’s similarly unusual threat to defund ... Read More
Minuses and Pluses of the 2017 Session As you receive this week’s E-News, the Minnesota Legislature is grinding through an overtime special session, working through the details of an overall budget agreement that will at least avert a state government shutdown. We’ll be analyzing the outcomes with our partners in various coalitions for the next few days and weeks. We know enough to be concerned. Despite a large pro... Read More
Our Op-Ed on Spatial Mismatch and Transit Growth & Justice worked to the end pushing for a special legislative session and we are disappointed that divisive regional politics played the decisive role in preventing an agreement. Last week, in an op-ed published by MinnPost, we urged legislators to review a major new report by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. The study illustrates how the Southwest Light R... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
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