The prospects for a bonding bill in the 2013 legislative session remain far from certain. But many observers think the state Capitol building is in line for about $100 million in bonding money from any package the Legislature ultimately concocts.
As DFL legislative leaders prepare for the start of session next Tuesday, fixing the state’s general fund budget – $1.1 billion in deficit, and plagued by a decade’s worth of patchwork repairs – is the job that’s most on the minds of DFL Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk.
In a pair of interviews with Capitol Report, the Minnesota Legislature’s new leaders talk about budget priorities, tax code changes, bonding, and their short list of policy priorities for 2013.
Published: December 26, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, biofuels, bonding, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, consumer protection, David Dill, Education, environment, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, Health Care, Iron Range, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jesse Ventura, Jim Carlson, John Marty, Jonathan Blake, Kerry Gauthier, labor, Legacy amendment, Legal Services Advocacy Project, liquor, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, MinnesotaCare, NextGen Energy Board, Paul Rosenthal, renewable fuels, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, Warren Limmer
Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.
Published: December 19, 2012
Tags: Affordable Car Act, Alice Hausman, Bob Vanasek, bonding, Brad Nelson, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, Cook Girard, David Dill, Education, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jim Carlson, John Marty, John Tuma, Kerry Gauthier, Legacy, Liz Doyle, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, MLBA, MSOP, PolyMet, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, SEIU, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, unions, Warren Limmer
The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.
If it was up to DFL Rep. Alice Hausman, Minnesota lawmakers would pass a bonding bill next session, and they would pass it fast.
In an announcement that brought cheers and jeers from both sides of the aisle, Gov. Mark Dayton ended more than three months of suspense Thursday by awarding $47.5 million in bonding money to nine projects.
by Charley Shaw
Published: September 12, 2012
Tags: bonding, Chip Cravaack, Collin Peterson, Doug Fuller, Jim Oberstar, John Persell, Larry Howes, Lee Byberg, Leech Lake Band, Mark Dayton, Mille Lacs Band, Prairie Island, Richard Lehman, Steven Nelson
For the last 10 years, state Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, has lived at the northern end of his north central Minnesota district. When the redistricting maps were announced last winter, the powerful chairman of the House Capital Investment Committee found himself on the southern fringe of a new district.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says it has received 90 applications requesting a total $288.4 million in bonding projects. That's well more than what's available in a $47.5 million economic development fund set by the Legislature this year to pay for additional construction projects.
by Steve Perry
Published: May 23, 2012
Tags: Amy Koch, bonding, Chuck Grassley, Claire Robling, Dave Senjem, Ellen Anderson, HMOs, Kurt Zellers, Lucinda Jesson, Mark Dayton, MNSCU, Paul Thissen, Tom Bakk, Vikings Stadium
During a post-session interview at his office last Friday morning, Dayton discussed his views of the 2012 session; the GOP legislative majorities; and his own performance at the midway point of what he hopes will be his first term.