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Legislative Top 5: April 30, 2021

And the Census Says… Minnesota found out this week that it will keep all eight congressional seats. It has been hypothesized for decades that Minnesota was likely to lose a seat, but we have continued to hold on to it. However, this year was likely the closest margin yet. If New York had counted an ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 23, 2021

Guilty Verdict Earlier this week, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. While officials had feared massive demonstrations with the possibility of violence or property damage, the reality was more akin to celebratory gatherings. Operation Safety Net, the name given to a unified security task force that had been ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 16, 2021

Minnesota’s Biggest Story The trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has put Minnesota in the national spotlight for the last few weeks. That trial is wrapping up, with closing arguments scheduled for Monday. Unfortunately, the spotlight was intensified earlier this week when Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a Brooklyn ...

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Legislative Top 5: April 9, 2021

Final Committee Deadline Today marks the final committee deadline—the day when all omnibus finance bills must pass out of committee and advance to the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee. The only committees exempt from this deadline are the Capital Investment and Tax committees, as well as the Senate Finance and ...

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Legislative Top 5: March 26, 2021

Gimme a Break! Following a busy week and a handful of committee hearings today, the legislature will begin its ten-day break. The break officially begins on Saturday, March 27, and lasts until 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6. While some legislators will enjoy the break, others will be putting the final touches on their proposed ...

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Legislative Top 5: March 19, 2021

Busy busy busy! By the end of today, the Minnesota legislature’s second deadline will have come and gone. At this point, all bills are supposed to have cleared all policy committees. Thus, committees that have no financial jurisdiction have concluded their regular meetings, though they may be called back to hear a provision that missed ...

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Legislative Top 5: March 12, 2021

Billions for Minnesota, With a B This week, the federal government passed another stimulus bill, totaling nearly $2 trillion, and directing more than $4.8 billion in aid to Minnesota, along with direct checks to individuals, an extension of unemployment insurance, and many other provisions. Of the $4.8 billion, more than half ($2.577 billion) will go ...

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Legislative Top 5: March 5, 2021

Tune In Downtown Minneapolis is preparing for Minnesota’s first live broadcast, high-profile trial. Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is accused of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer. Opening statements are scheduled to ...

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Legislative Top 5: February 26, 2021

The news of the week is the arrival of the always long-awaited February Forecast. However, with just two weeks before the first deadline, several other issues are making headlines as well. State Economic Forecast is Good News Minnesota Management and Budget today released a new state economic forecast, showing a $1.6 billion surplus for the ...

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Legislative Top 5: February 19, 2021

With only three weeks until the first legislative deadline, higher profile legislative initiatives have started moving through committees and, in some cases, been voted on by the full House or Senate. Next Friday, February 26, the long-awaited February forecast will be released at 2:00 p.m. The legislature must base the budget on the February forecast. ...

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Legislative Top 5: February 12, 2021

During a frigid week in Minnesota, partisan rhetoric is beginning to heat up. Committees are continuing to hear more bills, and Republicans continue to push Governor Tim Walz to further “open up” business and schools in Minnesota. Budget Cue This week saw a continuation of positive state budget news. With January revenues in the books, ...

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Legislative Top 5: February 5, 2021

As it begins its second month, the Minnesota Legislature seems to have kicked into high gear. Bills are being introduced and moving through committees at a faster rate, and both the House and Senate are highlighting priorities. Senate Transition? The Senate, which had said prior to the start of the legislative session that they would ...

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