March 4th, 2017

By this time next week the first policy bill deadline will have passed, policy bills will need to be through all the committees in one body to avoid referral to the rules committee.

With tight deadlines, committees with policy and finance jurisdictions are creatively defining which bills in there committees are ruled by which deadline.

 

Deadlines

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 First Policy Deadline
  • Friday, March 17, 2017 Second Policy Deadline
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 Finance Deadline 

The deadlines do not apply to the House Committees: Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, Rules and Legislative Administration and Senate Committees: Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration.

 

Easter/Passover Recess

The legislature will be in Recess starting Saturday, April 8 through Monday, April 17. No Committee, floor, or other action will take place in either body that week.

Dayton Cancer Update

 “I had successful surgery today to remove my cancerous prostate. The other, very good news was the surgeon found no sign that the cancer had spread outside the prostate…Once again I am reminded of how fortunate I am to live in a state proximate to the Mayo Clinic and its fantastic doctors and nurses, and to have insurance that covers its treatments.” 

Ricard0 Lopez from the Star Tribune has more about Dayton's plan to meet with individual legislators to hopefully help the end of session process move smoother.

Preemption Passes House

 

The House passed the Preemption on Thursday, HF 600, authored by Rep. Pat Garofalo. The bill that would prohibit cities from passing their own labor standards ordinances, such as minimum wage and paid sick leave. The Chamber of Commerce, Restaurants, and Retailers have been pushing for the bill in response to Minneapolis and St. Paul moving to create their own labor standards. The bill passed 76-53. 

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House and Senate pass Sunday SAles

 

Minnesota's budget surplus grows to $1.65 billion

February 2017 Budget & Economic Forecast

February 28, 2017 

Read Forecast Flash (pdf)

Read Complete Document (pdf) 

Conference Presentation (pdf)

Quick Summary 

Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook is improved but has significant risk. Slight improvement in revenue projections for the remainder of the current biennium along with a minor reduction in spending estimates results in a projected ending balance in FY 2016-17 of $743 million, $87 million higher than prior estimates. Positive economic performance since the November forecast and expected U.S. fiscal policy changes raise the revenue forecast in the next biennium $321 million above the November estimates adjusted for recent law changes. Increased forecast spending of $156 million and a small increase in the stadium reserve account partially offset the revenue gain leaving a projected balance available for the upcoming biennium of $1.650 billion, $250 million higher than prior estimates. The positive budget outlook continues into the planning estimates for the 2020-21 biennium, however federal policy unknowns create significant risk for this forecast. 

U.S. Economic Outlook. The outlook for U.S. economic growth has improved since the November forecast. The recent economic data has been mostly positive, showing improvements in personal income, business spending on equipment and structures, employment, and consumer spending. In addition, Minnesota’s macroeconomic consultant, IHS Markit (IHS), has incorporated into their baseline outlook federal fiscal stimulus—in the form of lower individual income and corporate tax rates and increased infrastructure spending—which are expected to boost economic growth starting in 2018 and continuing through our forecast horizon.

Considerable uncertainty remains about which proposed U.S. economic policy changes will be enacted in the near term and their impact on the economy. At this time, IHS does not feel there is enough clarity regarding changes to trade policy, immigration policy, health care policy, and business investment incentives to incorporate those into the outlook. Until those changes become more clear, their impact on key economic sectors—including manufacturing, international trade, and health care—remain sources of forecast risk. 

In IHS’ February outlook, consumer spending, business investment, and government all contribute more to 2017-2021 GDP growth relative to November. IHS has increased their forecast for real GDP growth in 2017 from 2.2 percent in November’s outlook to 2.3 percent in February. Higher forecasts for real consumer spending—buoyed by expected fiscal stimulus—and business capital purchases offset increased drag from net exports to raise the 2018 growth forecast from 2.2 percent in November to 2.7 percent in February. This is the largest change in expected annual real GDP growth of any year in our forecast horizon.

Recent months have brought positive reports for both workers and businesses. As steady employment growth continues to absorb the remaining labor market slack, average hourly earnings of private sector employees grew 2.9 percent over the year, evidence of solid wage gains. Following a recovery in oil and natural gas drilling, business investment has picked up after struggling to contribute to GDP growth in recent years. Real business equipment investment rose 3.1 percent (at an annual rate) in the final quarter of 2016, after having fallen for four straight quarters. IHS expects positive growth to continue this year as factors that have weakened investment—slow global growth, a sell-off of accumulated inventories, and the strong U.S. dollar—start to fade. 

Looking ahead, IHS expects consumer spending to remain the primary contributor to growth in the economy. In this outlook, real consumer spending is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2018, compared to 2.5 percent in the November outlook. The improvement continues into 2019, with real consumer spending growing 2.9 percent in this forecast compared to 2.4 percent in November. These increases are due to both positive consumer fundamentals and expected federal fiscal stimulus. Regarding fundamentals, consumer spending is expected to be supported by improvements in employment, earnings, and household wealth, which has grown with rising home and stock market values. On top of that, IHS incorporates into their February outlook lower U.S. personal tax rates and $250 billion in additional infrastructure spending spread over ten years. This deficit-financed fiscal stimulus is expected to fuel real consumer spending growth starting in 2018. 

The IHS February outlook is similar to that of other macroeconomic forecasters for 2017 and more optimistic than some other forecasters for 2018. The February Blue Chip Consensus, the average of about 50 business forecasts, calls for real GDP to grow 2.3 percent in 2017, matching the IHS projection. For 2018, IHS expects faster growth than the consensus: 2.7 percent for IHS compared to 2.4 percent for the consensus.

Minnesota Economic Outlook. Amid uncertainty about U.S. economic policy, Minnesota’s economy continues on its moderate growth path. The state continues to add jobs at a steady rate, keeping the unemployment rate low. In December of last year, Minnesota’s unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, 0.8 percentage points below the U.S. rate. The state added more than 37,000 jobs over the 12 months ending in December, a 1.3 percent rate of growth, slightly below the U.S. rate of 1.4 percent over the same period. In this forecast, we expect Minnesota employment to grow on average 1.1 percent per year through the forecast period.

A robust demand for workers together with low unemployment has created a tight labor market, which when combined with confidence in the economy that leads businesses to expand, puts upward pressure on wages. Statewide, there are about as many job vacancies as there are job seekers, and recent months have seen increases in both the average number of weekly hours worked by private sector employees and their average hourly earnings. In December, average wages by private sector employees in Minnesota were 5.7 percent higher than a year prior, while the comparable rate for U.S. workers was 2.9 percent. 

In this forecast, we expect modestly higher wage and salary income growth over the forecast horizon than we had projected in November. Strong economic fundamentals nationally and in Minnesota will encourage firms to invest in new productivity-enhancing equipment and technology. Higher worker productivity enables firms to increase wages. We expect that a moderate acceleration in wages per worker, combined with employment growth, will lead total wage and salary income to grow on average 4.9 percent per year over the forecast period. 

After several years of improvement, 2016 was another encouraging year for the state’s housing market. Closed sales of homes in Minnesota reached an 11-year high, and low inventory has helped push up sale prices. In this forecast, we expect unmet demand in the existing home market to fuel new construction. The total number of residential building permits issued in 2017 and 2018 is expected be more than 25,000 per year, higher than in 2016, but still below the long-term trend of 30,000 per year. New housing construction projects increases demand for building tradespeople such as masons, carpenters, and roofers. Employment in the construction sector grew 6.9 percent in 2016, and we expect this sector to remain vital in 2017.

Budget Outlook: Next Biennium. The budget outlook for the remainder of the current biennium has changed minimally. With five collection months remaining in FY 2017, forecast revenues are up $75 million (0.2 percent) compared to November estimates adjusted for recent law changes. Total spending estimates have changed minimally, $12 million lower (0.0 percent), for the remainder of the biennium. There is no change in the cash flow account and budget reserve after adjusting the November forecast baseline for a $327 million reserve reduction that was included in the health insurance premium relief bill enacted in January 2017. After accounting for a $1 million increase in the stadium reserve, the projected ending budgetary balance for the current biennium is now $743 million, $87 million higher than prior estimates.

Revenues. The current forecast for FY 2018-19 revenues is $321 million (0.7 percent) more than the November forecast adjusted for law changes. Total tax revenues for the biennium are forecast to be $339 million (0.8 percent) above the prior estimate. Higher forecast individual income, general sales, and corporate tax revenues offset lower forecasts for state general property and other tax revenues. 

Higher expected income growth in CY 2017 and CY 2018 contributes to an increased forecast for individual income tax revenue in FY 2018-19. Income tax receipts in the next biennium are now expected to exceed the prior estimate by $274 million (1.1 percent). 

Net sales tax revenue in the next biennium is now expected to exceed the prior estimate by $48 million (0.4 percent), with higher projected gross receipts offsetting a higher refund forecast. Higher forecast taxable purchases in CY 2018 and CY 2019 contribute to a higher sales tax forecast in FY 2018-19.

Higher forecast gross corporate receipts offset higher expected refunds to generate a $69 million (2.7 percent) increase in net forecast corporate tax receipts for FY 2018-19. A higher corporate profits forecast is primarily responsible for the change.

Other tax revenue in FY 2018-19 is expected to be $50 million (1.3 percent) lower than the November estimate. The largest dollar amount change is in the estate tax forecast, which is $16 million (4.8 percent) lower than in November.

Expenditures. Expenditures, based on current law formulas and base level appropriations, are now projected to reach $44.751 billion in the next biennium, $156 million (0.4 percent) higher than prior estimates.

The largest state budget category, E-12 Education, accounts for the most significant change from the November forecast. Better and more accurate data for projecting growth in the student population results in a $95 million increase (0.5 percent) and the forecast for E-12 education spending. The second largest budget area, health and human services (HHS), is responsible for most of the remainder of the expenditure growth in this forecast compared to prior estimates. Changes in insurer participation in public health insurance programs and an upward revision in the cost of managed care coverage drives a $73 million (0.4 percent) increase in the HHS forecast compared to the November forecast for the next biennium. The debt service forecast is unchanged from November estimates. A slight reduction of $15 million (0.4 percent) in the property tax aids and credit forecast partially offsets the overall expenditure forecast increase.

Budget Outlook: Planning Estimates. Projected revenue growth continues to exceed expenditure growth through the forecast horizon, providing structural balance for FY 2020-21. An increased revenue forecast is expected to continue into the planning estimates. Projected revenues are expected to exceed current law spending by $2.125 billion, $646 million more than previous estimates in November. Projected inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is now expected to be 2.1 percent each year in FY 2018 and FY 2019 followed by 2.6 percent in FY 2020 and 2.7 percent in FY 2021.

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Legislative Update, February 17th

 

2,500 bills have been introduced so far this session, 1,392 in the senate, 1,118 in the house

COming up

February Budget Forecast will be released February 28. This forecast is used by the Governor and Legislature to set the FY 2018-2019 budget

Deadlines

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 First Policy Deadline
  • Friday, March 17, 2017 Second Policy Deadline
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 Finance Deadline 

The deadlines do not apply to the House Committees: Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, Rules and Legislative Administration and Senate Committees: Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration.

Easter/Passover Recess

The legislature will be in Recess starting Saturday, April 8 through Monday, April 17. No Committee, floor, or other action will take place in either body that week.

 

Bill Signed

Gov Dayton signed a measure into law Friday authorizing the state to provide up to $35 million in loans to help Minnesota farmers buy land and improve their agricultural operations.

The bill continues the work of the Rural Finance Authority. That program, launched in 1986, has provided $270 million in loans to more than 2,800 farmers across the state. It provides loans at terms and rates that farmers often cannot get elsewhere, and can help farmers restructure their debt or make other major improvements.

 The House adopted its rules on Thursday after a fiery debate.

The House adopted its rules on Thursday after a fiery debate.

 
 

 

Out with the old, in with Anne Neu.

A Legislative auditors report led to the resignation of Michelle Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale from the sports authority commission this week. 

The House GOP grew their membership to 77 members on Tuesday after a special election of Anne Neu in district 32B. The traditionally strong GOP district was tighter then usual, 53%-47% 

 
 
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JANUARY February 3rd, 2017

Mark Dayton’s prostate cancer is curable, according to his doctors, and won't significantly disrupt his duties as governor of Minnesota. Dayton visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Tuesday and Wednesday and underwent “extensive diagnostic tests,” according to his deputy chief of staff, Linden Zakula. Those tests showed the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate. “Governor Dayton is now evaluating two recommended treatment options, which are surgery or radiation,” Zakula said in a statement. “He expects to make that decision in several days, and it will be disclosed at that time.” Karl Oestreich, a spokesperson for Mayo Clinic, said the cancer was “caught early and is localized, treatable and curable".  

“His Mayo Clinic physicians have discussed several treatment options with the governor and he is in the process of making his decision,” Oestreich said. “The governor should be able to carry on his duties serving the citizens of Minnesota without significant interruption.” 

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HF 600, The Preemption bill, passed the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy Committee Thursday.  Authored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), HF 600 would prohibit local units of government from regulating private businesses by enacting: minimum wages higher than the state minimum wage, requirement for paid or unpaid leave, work hours or scheduling requirement, mandates on benefits, working conditions, or other terms and conditions of employment. Committee members heard four hours of testimony and passed 13-9 on a party line vote and was referred to the Gov. ops. 

 

  • February 28th, February Forecast

  • March 10 — committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;

  • March 17 — committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and,

  • March 31 — committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

Week in Review: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

By HPIS Staff

Visitors to the State Capitol walk through a swath of sunlight in a second-floor corridor Feb. 1. Photo by Andrew VonBank

Arguably, the week’s biggest story from the House came at its final committee hearing.

In front of a packed and, at times, raucous hearing room — and after four-plus hours of testimony — the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee approved a bill Thursday night that would ban actions by local units of government to put in place their own laws governing private employment.

Other issues addressed during the week include: special education expenses, suicide prevention, student loan tax credits, oil train derailment preparedness, the economic impact of amateur sports, and state commissioner severance pay.

Before looking ahead to next week, which is scheduled to include a legislative auditor’s report on the use of publicly-owned suites at U.S. Bank Stadium, nominations to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents and more reviews of the governor’s budget proposal, let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.

 

AGRICULTURE

New program has registered thousands of cottage food producers

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12453

 

BUDGET

MPR wants $200,000 more from state for biennium

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12457

 

CIVIL LAW

House passes technical updates to nonprofit laws

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12469

 

Real property statute technical overhaul passed by House

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12470

 

EDUCATION

Career and Technical Education licensure changes proposed

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12472

 

Statewide special education expense averages rise, committee hears

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12450

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Environment committee receives base budget briefing

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12471

 

Longstanding objections to state-owned lands reemerge

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12459

 

Lessard–Sams council seeks funding for outdoor resource projects

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12446

 

Minnesota Index: DNR – Division of Resources

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12445

 

FAMILY

Tax credits pitched as salve for parental leave outlays

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12466

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Bill would change ‘spenddown’ limit before Medical Assistance kicks in

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12467

 

Dayton’s budget proposal to extend benefit coverage for young foster children

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12465

 

A place to turn in times of crises just a call — or text — away

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12454

 

Improvements proposed to 2015 nursing facility payment reforms

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12458

 

Hearing-impaired Minnesotans seek to have needs considered in new buildings

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12462

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Student loan tax credit proposed for 2017

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12463

 

Student debt program will look to continue past efforts

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12456

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Seeking to avoid “patchwork,” committee OKs bill to bar local employment laws

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12475

 

Cities would need more public input on development plans

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12455

 

Townships caught in Catch-22 could get reprieve

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12449

 

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans groups look for property tax breaks

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12447

 

Bill to protect veterans from bad loans gets division approval

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12448

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Report: Minnesota becoming better prepared for oil train incident

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12474

 

Inmate mental health treatment costs coming up short

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12473

 

Starting Line: Bill says ‘thank you’ to first responders

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12444

 

Public safety officials tout accomplishments in overview

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12452

 

RECREATION

Amateur sports activities an economic boost to state, committee hears

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12464

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

‘Solving inside problems from the outside’ to be new tech committee’s calling

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12460

 

House panel moves to rein in commissioner severance pay

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12461

 

TAXES

Tax credit seen as essential to growing state’s high-tech industry

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12451

 

Small town fights off decline, seeks construction tax break

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12468

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JANUARY 20TH, 2017

 

 Photo from the MPLS Star Tribune

Photo from the MPLS Star Tribune

Governor's Budget Released

Dayton released his recommendations for 2017-2018 fiscal years on Tuesday morning. His recommendations total $45.8 billion, of which $1.2 billion is in new spending, primarily in Education, Health Care, and Transportation. Spending highlights include

2%, or $371 million increase in per pupil funding formula (e-12 education) 

$75 million in early childhood education 

$12 million to get a MinnesotaCare public option off the ground, premiums would pay the ongoing costs

Gas tax proposal to fund roads and bridges

Tax credits for child care and expansion of working family tax credit

$20 million for the Job Creation Fund and Minnesota Investment Fund, $8 million for the U of M MnDrive program, specifically for cancer research that will lead to treatment and jobs developed here, $2 million for explore MN Tourism, $10 million for the angel investor tax credit 

Ending exemptions that allow payday lenders to charge high interest

 

Governor Dayton delivered his 7th State of the State address on Monday, after about 40 minutes of speaking, he fainted. Dayton recovered quickly and even walked out of the chamber on his own. Legislators said the room was very warm. 

The 2-term Governor announced later in the week that he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be receiving  his treatment options at the Mayo Clinic next week. 

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith has been playing a more public and hands-on role compared with previous Lieutenants and many have speculated that she is preparing to run for Governor in 2018 and possibly step-in if Dayton's health deteriorates.

Dayton reiterated this week that he was committed  and certain that he will serve out his entire term. 

Committee Deadlines

House and Senate leadership announced committee deadlines for the 2017 session

  • March 10 — committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;

  • March 17 — committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and,

  • March 31 — committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

SF1/HF1 passed and signed

The conference committee on HF1/SF1 wrapped up on Wednesday after Dayton and Legislative leaders came to agreement on premium relief for about 125,000 Minnesotans. Minnesotan's in the individual market saw spikes of 50 percent or higher, under the law signed late Thursday night, monthly insurance bills will drop by 25 percent for all of 2017. The measure combines the premium rebate plan first sought by Dayton with a package of health insurance law changes offered by Republicans. Those market reforms include allowing for-profit HMO's to offer products on the health insurance market, new agriculture coop provisions, and a network adequacy appeal process for providers and patients. The bill was a rare example of compromise, especially since it is still so early on in session. 

The Senate passed the bill 47-19, and the House followed suit a few hours later on a 108-19 vote. 

 Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Joe Hoppe  and Health Care Finance Chair Sen. Michelle Benson at the conference committee on HF1 /SF1.

Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Joe Hoppe  and Health Care Finance Chair Sen. Michelle Benson at the conference committee on HF1 /SF1.

 

Senate Majority Leader Paul GazelkA's weekly video update  

WEEK IN REVIEW FROM MN HOUSE INFO

 

2018 Governor's Race

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek announced he will seek the GOP nomination to run for Governor in 2018

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DFL'ers St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Rep. Erin Murphy, Auditor Rebecca Otto have announced runs for Governor. 


 
 

Legislative Update January 20th, 2017

 

 Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. 

Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. 

 

Coming up

Monday, January 23rd, Governor Dayton delivers State of the State

Tuesday January 24th, Governor's budget released

 
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PREMIUM RELIEF BILL PASSES THE HOUSE

The Minnesota House approved SF 1, a $315 million on Thursday, the health premium rebate bill, authored by Commerce Chair Joe Hoppe. The bill will head to conference committee and according to GOP leaders, on to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton within a week. The bill would provide rebates for many of the approximately 123,000 Minnesotans who buy insurance on the individual market and do not qualify for advanced premium tax subsidies. 

Rep. Drazkowski added an amendment that would exempt health plan products from complying with a long list of mandates they are currently required by law to cover under the ACA. Other floor amendments successfully added to the bill included a measure to create a farmers’ health care co-op, and an amendment by Rep. Fabian to allow rural areas to challenge a plan's product design as too narrow,  if they feel it does not meet network adequacy requirements for the population in that area. 

The bill, passed 73-54. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, told reporters that his GOP colleagues are “eager” to work with the Senate and the governor, and that they intend to get a bill to Dayton by Thursday.

“The reforms in this bill are good and important, and we hope the governor will see it that way as well,” he said.

 

Dualing Tweets on SF 1

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Judge upholds Minneapolis Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, with one change

Minneapolis can move forward with plans to require companies to provide paid sick leave to employees, Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein ruled Thursday. But he issued a temporary injunction to block Minneapolis from forcing companies based outside the city to comply in their Minneapolis operations.The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce had requested an injunction to halt enforcement of the sick leave mandate, arguing that it conflicted with and was pre-empted by state law, and was an example of local government overreach. Dickstein agreed only with the third point. “The public policy supporting the Minneapolis ordinance may be a good one, and the city is free to impose it on companies resident within its borders. But the city is not free to impose its public policy initiative on companies” outside the city limits, Dickstein wrote. The sick leave ordinance — scheduled to take effect July 1 — says workers who spend at least 80 hours in the city per year should earn sick time, regardless  of where their company is based

Zerwas & Schoen get bipartisan radio show

Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, and a DFL Senator Dan Schoen are launching a political talk radio show airing Saturdays on Twin Cities News Talk, KTLK AM 1130.

Initially started a couple of weeks ago as an online podcast, the hourlong show will now be broadcast on 1130 AM at 5 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 21. It also will be available as a podcast on the station’s website.

Zerwas said he and Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, will cover the major political headlines of the week and then do a “deep dive” into big issues at the Capitol that aren’t getting much press coverage. The irony of hosting a radio show is not lost on Zerwas, who for years viewed his raspy voice as a liability.
Zerwas was born with a heart defect, and his right vocal chord was accidentally and permanently paralyzed during his third heart surgery at age.

As a kid, Zerwas said he was self-conscious about his voice.
“If someone would have told me 20 years ago that I’d be giving speeches in the Legislature and on the radio as my profession, I don’t know that I would have believed it,” he said.

But now he sees his voice in a different light.
He and Schoen were both elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012 and went through freshman orientation together. Schoen was elected to the Senate in November.

They share a background in law enforcement. Schoen is a Cottage Grove police officer. Zerwas is the son of former Elk River Police Chief Tom Zerwas and worked as a forensic scientist at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. As legislators, Zerwas said he and Schoen have worked together on bills related to public safety and health care. 

 

Three articles people are talking abouT

 Neel Kashkari on Wednesday launched an effort at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to tackle racial and economic disparities, a problem that’s worse in Minnesota than four out of five states and is a top talking point at Minneapolis City Hall and the State Capitol. Despite the persistent economic vitality of the state, the difference in median income between whites and blacks is $30,000, ranking Minnesota 41st in the nation, Kashkari  told an audience at the Minneapolis Urban League . Minnesota ranks 40th in that same gap for unemployment, 40th for student test scores and 42nd for differences in high school graduation rates.   Startribune

Neel Kashkari on Wednesday launched an effort at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to tackle racial and economic disparities, a problem that’s worse in Minnesota than four out of five states and is a top talking point at Minneapolis City Hall and the State Capitol. Despite the persistent economic vitality of the state, the difference in median income between whites and blacks is $30,000, ranking Minnesota 41st in the nation, Kashkari told an audience at the Minneapolis Urban League. Minnesota ranks 40th in that same gap for unemployment, 40th for student test scores and 42nd for differences in high school graduation rates. 

Startribune

    Allina Health System and  Aetna Inc.  will launch a joint venture to sell health insurance in the Twin Cities, the organizations announced Wednesday.  The new business, Allina Health and Aetna Insurance Co., will seek regulatory approval needed to market plans, with the goal of kicking off sales next year, Allina CEO Dr.  Penny Wheeler  said. The insurance company will be for-profit and have an independent management team. It doesn't yet have a CEO or staff.  Allina, a nonprofit, decided to jump into the insurance business partly so it could better shape payment policies, something it has occasionally struggled to do through traditional contract negotiations with insurers, she added.  Allina selected Aetna after soliciting proposals from multiple organizations through a request for information.  MSP Business Journal

 

Allina Health System and Aetna Inc. will launch a joint venture to sell health insurance in the Twin Cities, the organizations announced Wednesday.

The new business, Allina Health and Aetna Insurance Co., will seek regulatory approval needed to market plans, with the goal of kicking off sales next year, Allina CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler said. The insurance company will be for-profit and have an independent management team. It doesn't yet have a CEO or staff.

Allina, a nonprofit, decided to jump into the insurance business partly so it could better shape payment policies, something it has occasionally struggled to do through traditional contract negotiations with insurers, she added.

Allina selected Aetna after soliciting proposals from multiple organizations through a request for information.

MSP Business Journal

 Mr. Harris started by crafting the headline: “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands’ of fraudulent Clinton votes found in Ohio warehouse.” It made sense, he figured, to locate this shocking discovery in the very city and state where Mr. Trump had highlighted his “rigged” meme.  “I had a theory when I sat down to write it,” recalled Mr. Harris, a 23-year-old former college quarterback and fraternity leader. “Given the severe distrust of the media among Trump supporters, anything that parroted Trump’s talking points people would click. Trump was saying ‘rigged election, rigged election.’ People were predisposed to believe  Hillary Clinton  could not win except by cheating.”  NYT on Fake News

Mr. Harris started by crafting the headline: “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands’ of fraudulent Clinton votes found in Ohio warehouse.” It made sense, he figured, to locate this shocking discovery in the very city and state where Mr. Trump had highlighted his “rigged” meme.

“I had a theory when I sat down to write it,” recalled Mr. Harris, a 23-year-old former college quarterback and fraternity leader. “Given the severe distrust of the media among Trump supporters, anything that parroted Trump’s talking points people would click. Trump was saying ‘rigged election, rigged election.’ People were predisposed to believe Hillary Clinton could not win except by cheating.”

NYT on Fake News

 
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JANUARY 13TH, 2017

 

Governor Mark Dayton Signed the Tax Conformity bill on Friday January 13th, the first bill of the 2017 session. It was passed by the House and Senate unanimously and provides $21 million in tax relief to an estimated 220,000 Minnesotans.

SF 1, a bill to provide premium relief to consumers in the individual market passed the Senate this week. Dayton has threatened to veto the bill over the provision that would allow for-profit HMO's to enter the market and a provision that creates a new reinsurance program using MCHA's governance structure.  

The House will pass their own version of the bill next week.

It looks like  SF1 is heading for conference committee. 

 

   Kurt Daudt  ‏ @kdaudt     22h 22 hours ago    Proud to sign bipartisan legislation providing $22 million in tax relief, the 1st bill this session we are sending to the gov's desk.  #mnleg  – at  Minnesota State Capitol

Kurt Daudt ‏@kdaudt  22h22 hours ago

Proud to sign bipartisan legislation providing $22 million in tax relief, the 1st bill this session we are sending to the gov's desk. #mnleg – at Minnesota State Capitol

 

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UPDATES

AGRICULTURE

Future farmers brief current lawmakers during ag committee meeting

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12352

 

Board of Animal Health provides update on disease control efforts

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12370

 

Ag committee learns about issues it may soon face

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12361

 

BONDING

Committee learns about bonding basics

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12364

 

EDUCATION

Joint education committee reviews statewide education goals

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12375

 

House Education Finance Committee gets underway, lays out goals

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12354

 

ELECTIONS

Election hacking chatter takes a back seat to web page re-dos

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12373

 

ENVIRONMENT

DNR needs nearly $150 million annually over next decade for asset preservation

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12369

 

PCA commissioner offers overview, answers questions

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12358

 

Legacy committee talks ongoing challenges during first meeting

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12348

 

Environment committee discusses finances, work to come

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12353

 

FAMILY

New child care subcommittee is born

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12359

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health insurance premium assistance bill heads to House Floor

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12367

 

Insurance premium relief package sweeps through committees

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12356

 

Reinsurance bill gets off the ground

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12365

 

State health officials provide overview of operations, challenges

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12360

 

Committee OKs plan to make health reimbursement data private

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12350

 

Human services reports aim to help lawmakers understand issues

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12368

 

DHS overview identifies challenges ahead

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12371

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Higher education group reviews last biennium success, looks ahead

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12355

 

Higher ed committee continues overview, program assessment

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12366

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Broken incentive promises could be ripe for committee debate

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12349

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers grill stadium authority chair on suite usage

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12362

 

Legislative pay council begins its work

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12363

 

Minnesota Index: Women of the House

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12347

 

TAXES

Tax conformity is first new law of 2017 session

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12376

 

So-called ‘death tax’ called a barrier to business growth

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12372

 

TRANSPORTATION

Truck weight limits a burden on state’s ag producers, rural lawmakers say

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12374

 

House panel OKs new Real ID bill

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12357

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