Legislative Actions on the Projected Surplus

The 2014 Legislative session set out to achieve a balanced distribution of the $1.2 billion surplus projected by the Economic and Budget Forecast and a review of the final accounting reveals that we did just that. According to the 2014 Legislative Summary, new laws included tax relief, local aids and credit, increased funding for K-12 and higher […]

New Laws Effective 7/1/14: Kill Switch, Pollinators, Broadband Connectivity, etc.

New Laws going into effect on 7/1/14 reflect a wide range of goals for the state. Here are just some of the highlights: Education: The per-pupil basic education formula was increased. State colleges and universities are directed to develop a plan to help students transfer credits more easily. Gender Pay Gap: laws addressing expanded parental leave, […]

Rice and Le Sueur Counties Declared State of Emergency

Dear neighbors, A State of Emergency has been declared in Rice and Le Sueur counties due to significant damage from flooding, making a wide range of state resources available to support our communities. To ensure aid is available when we are impacted by natural disasters, the legislature created a new program to provide disaster relief […]
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Minimum Wage Increase Becomes Law

More than 325,000 Minnesotans will benefit from the Minimum Wage Law passed this week. According to an article in the Star Tribune, a Minnesotan who earns $6.15 per hour working full time earns an annual salary of $12,792 — about $7,000 below the poverty line. Raising the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour brings that […]

Property Tax Refunds are Increasing

Several hundred thousand Minnesota families can expect an increase in their property tax refunds: homeowners can see a three percent increase in their property tax refunds and renters can expect a six percent increase if the full legislature passes the recommendation of the House’s Property Tax and Local Division Report. For those who have submitted […]

Bonding Proposal/Cash Plan has Broad Reach

This year’s bonding proposal/cash plan which came out of the House Capital Investment Committee was released today. It includes $914.6 million in projects, $850 million of which will need to be borrowed through the bonding process. The University of Minnesota and MnSCU will both receive money for projects including $56 million to renovate the Tate […]
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MNsure Registration Closed until November

According to the website, 2014 open enrollment closed on March 31, 2014. The next open enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, with coverage taking effect no earlier than January 1, 2015. Consumers will not be able to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan inside or outside of MNsure unless […]

Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Bill

The House is considering a bill with a variety of ideals to benefit Minnesotans. Among them are: A new farm-to-food shelf program would provide incentives for farmers to give their unsold produce to food shelves. Of the department’s $1.7 million in new spending for fiscal year 2015, $1.5 million would be allocated to the non-profit […]
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