Senjem Update

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Dear Friends, I would like to send a short Minnesota Senate update. Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the state’s November budget and economic forecast, showing a projected $188 million deficit for the 2018-19 fiscal year and a $586 million deficit for FY 2020-21. The projected deficit is largely due to growth in projected spending and lower-than-expected revenues based on lower growth estimates at the federal level. The forecast does not take into account the federal tax reform bill recently passed by Congress which is expected to improve the state’s fiscal outlook. In addition, the forecast also reflects $178 million in spending on the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that will be reimbursed once CHIP is renewed by Congress. The recent budget forecast assumed no federal tax …

Carla Nelson Update

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May 5, 2017 In addition to the beautiful spring weather, the arrival of May ushers in the end-of-session! The Minnesota Constitution requires the legislature to complete its work by May 22, leaving just over two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Conference committees have been working to finalize compromises over the past week. As chairwoman of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, I have been working with the House on an education finance bill that prioritizes programs that work while ensuring all Minnesota students have access to an education that will prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Over the next two weeks, expect things to continue to move quickly as we begin to debate and vote on the budget proposals on the Senate floor and send them to …

Dave Senjem Update

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May 5, 2017 Dear Friends, Just over two weeks remain in the legislative session! As we rapidly approach the May 22 deadline, action at the Capitol has been in full swing. Here is an update on the happenings: Conference Committee Update Conference committees, which serve as the final negotiations between the House and the Senate, have been working on budget compromises throughout the week. Committees have released their proposals, which await input from Governor Dayton as to whether they can be signed into law.  It is time for the Governor to participate and contribute to the negotiations. Here is a snapshot of some of the policy and budget provisions to be adopted by the committees: E-12 Education Budget A per-pupil increase of 1.5% each year, increasing the statewide …

Dave Senjem update

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April 21, 2017 Dear Friends, Legislators returned back to St. Paul after a week-long Passover/Easter break. The House and Senate have completed their omnibus or committee bills. Now conference committees begin their work. They will determine the final content of bills that ultimately will make their way to the Governor. There is a lot of work ahead as we move into the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. This week, the Senate got right-to-work by appointing legislators to conference committees. Committee membership is determined by the committee chairs with concurrence by the Majority and Minority Leaders, and ultimately by a vote of the entire Senate.  In most cases, they are comprised of members of both the majority and minority parties. I am serving on the Senate Tax …