Governor vetoes jobs, environment bills

Governor Dayton vetoed the jobs & energy and environment & agriculture omnibus bills on Saturday, leaving several GMNP priorities that had been contained in the bills hanging in the balance. Some of the GMNP-supported provisions that had been included in the now-vetoed bills were:

  • $10.8 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program
  • $4 million for workforce housing grants (unfortunately not dedicated to Greater Minnesota)
  • $3.2 million for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Grant Program
  • $1.8 million for a new employer-driven job training program
  • Important environmental regulatory reform provisions that would require independent scientific peer review before certain costly regulations could be adopted and a cost impact analysis of all newly adopted and soon-to-be adopted water quality regulations

Now that a special session is certain, these and other issues will likely be revisited when the Legislature reconvenes sometime in the next few weeks. We hope that our priorities will be included in any final agreements between the House, Senate and Governor.

You can see where all of the GMNP’s top priorities currently stand on this end-of-session chart.