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Unfinished business remains with only hours left in the legislative session

Less than 10 hours remain in the 2017 legislative session. Yesterday, three of the 13 major budget bills passed with what appears to be somewhat of an agreement between Governor Dayton and the Republican leadership. It is possible that these bills could be vetoed, but I suspect they will be signed by the Governor. The bills that passed were jobs finance, environment finance and higher education funding.

However, with the taxes, transportation, health and human services, bonding and K-12 education among the bills that have not passed, it seems increasingly likely that a special session will be needed. My take is that the best possible outcome would be for the Governor and legislative leaders to reach a “handshake agreement” on the overall size of the bills, and then take a few days or a week to assemble the bills before reconvening for a special session. The concern of not having a rough agreement and not passing the bills soon is that the pressure to “get it done” will be gone and we could be looking at a partial government shutdown beginning July 1. Continue reading

Join us May 11 for Lobby Day (and ice cream!)

Our sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), is hosting an end-of-session lobby day and ice cream  social on Thursday, May 11. All GMNP members are invited to join in this FREE event to help make the last push before the session ends and enjoy some ice cream!). Please email me if you can attend the event. See note below from the CGMC:

Lawmakers are still far from reaching agreements on top issues like LGA, bonding, transportation, workforce housing and environmental regulatory reform. It’s apparent that we need to make an extra push in these remaining days of session to demand that legislators take action to address the needs and concerns of Greater Minnesota communities. To relay this message, we are asking all Greater Minnesota city officials and community leaders to join us in St. Paul for a special CGMC Lobby Day and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, May 11.

For more information, including the times, locations and parking information, please read this Lobby Day Flyer.