Senjem Legislative Update: April 13, 2018

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April 13, 2018 Dear Friends, The legislature is back after a short spring recess – although it certainly doesn’t feel like spring! Next Friday, April 20, we’ll be at our third and final committee deadline, meaning most finance and policy bills must have made it through the committee process by that time. Until then, most committees will continue in earnest hearing various bills and budgets to supplement the comprehensive budget passed by the legislature last year. The legislature is constitutionally-mandated to adjourn by May 21. A number of other issues have come to the forefront this week. EMERGENCY MENTAL HEALTH CARE This week mental health initiatives were the focus. Mental health issues touch all genders, races, languages, and ages – including many of our loved ones. Minnesotans experiencing …

Senjem Legislative Update: February 23, 2018

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Dear Friends, On Tuesday, the legislature convened for the 2018 legislative session. We have much work ahead of us as we look to build on the success of last year’s historically-productive session. As committees begin their work and bills continue to be drafted, much of the week has been spent meeting with constituents and other stakeholders about some of the issues before us this year, including the state’s new licensing and vehicle registration system known as MNLARS, a potential bonding bill, school safety, tax conformity, and more. On Thursday, the House and the Senate both passed the first legislation of the session – restoring the legislative funding that was vetoed by the governor last spring. Without this funding – which Governor Dayton has indicated he will sign – …

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 …