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 …

Blue Slip Showdown: Stras Gets Senate Hearing Despite Franken’s [political hack] Objection

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WASHINGTON – Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras faced the Senate Judiciary Committee last week despite Sen. Al Franken’s attempt to deny Stras a hearing. Franken’s months-long attempt to stonewall the confirmation hearing of Stras came to an end last week when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) overrode the “blue slip” tradition and […] Source: Blue Slip Showdown: Stras Gets Senate Hearing Despite Franken’s Objection – Alpha News