If there’s one thing lobbyists and longtime Capitol observers of all stripes can agree on with respect to the 2012 legislative session, it’s that the pressure is off.
by Paul Demko
Published: February 10, 2012
Tags: Ann Lenczewski, business property tax, Gary Carlson, Greg Davids, League of Minnesota Cities, Mark Dayton, Market value homestead credit, Minnesota INter-County Association, Paul Marquart, property taxes, renter's credit
Property taxes will once again be a politically volatile issue at the Capitol. That was readily apparent at a committee hearing Wednesday evening on a proposal to phase out the state’s business property tax over a dozen years.
by Charley Shaw
Published: January 25, 2012
Tags: Gary Carlson, Keith Carlson, League of Minnesota Cities, Mark Dayton, Market value homestead credit, MASA, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Farmers Union, MSOP
The boards of advocacy associations from a variety of policy areas have issued their priority wish lists in time for the start of the 2012 legislative session. Many of the issues of significance for groups ranging from business to labor are rooted in last year’s session.
When House Taxes Chairman Greg Davids stepped to the podium at a Capitol news conference Monday, it was clear the high-ranking Republican’s pitch for property tax relief wouldn’t be an apology for changes made last session.
Some bills were only posted online in the early hours of Wednesday morning, just hours — or minutes — before they passed. By morning they were signed into law by the governor. Now some lobbyists, many of whom spend long days and nights at the Capitol during session, are scrambling to understand the budget bills’ implications for their clients.
The stark contours of Gov. Mark Dayton’s shutdown filing Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court have sent shivers down the spines of a broad assortment of people who work for and with the state. School officials, social service providers and heavy industry are among the groups that are bracing for state funds to dry up after July 1.
by Charley Shaw
Published: June 15, 2011
Tags: Brian McDaniel, Byron, Gary Carlson, Joel Carlson, John Knapp, Kevin Goodno, Rep. Greg Davidsâ, Speaker Kurt Zellers, Steve Smith, Steve Sviggum, Todd Hill, Tom Hanson, Tom Prichard, Torrey Westrom, Ward Einess, Winthrop
Members of the Capitol lobbying corps could have been excused for thinking they were in the wrong building at the start of the 2011 legislative session. A new administration and 60 new legislators took office in St. Paul, and a new complement of Republican leaders and chairs took the place of DFLers in both legislative chambers. The Capitol building itself was just about the only thing that resembled the state of affairs from the prior year.
When Senate Republican Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman rolled out her omnibus tax package last week, Capitol watchers were struck by the many differences between her strategy and that of her House counterpart, GOP Rep. Greg Davids.
Gov. Mark Dayton was mum on specifics regarding his upcoming budget during his State of the State address. And that's in keeping with the word around Capitol halls.
On Tuesday Republican legislative leaders unveiled roughly $1 billion in spending reductions as the first part of their plan to solve the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit. The biggest cut: $286 million in projected spending on aid to counties and municipalities across the state.