The House adjourned at 11:45. The Senate adjourned at 11:48. Lawmakers in the House are now giving their retirement speeches. Brad Finstad is first.
Archives for May 18, 2008
There is a happy, happy, joy, joy feeling in the Minnesota House tonight. No one is spitting any venom. The debate is limited. It’s almost like there is (wait for it) Peace in the Valley. Here’s one signal that there will be a successful conclusion to the session. GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens (who doesn’t vote Read more →
Not too many surprises in the final budget deal. A tax bill with a 3.9% property tax cap, funding for local governments and direct relief to homeowners. The budget bill takes $500 milion from the state’s budget reserves, has $355 million in budget cuts, transfers and one time money. There is also a tax credit Read more →
As you can probably tell, the blog is a little punch drunk. We’ve been focused on budget negotiations and the big picture in terms of the Legislature. I failed to mention a Star Tribune story that details how DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary cut some deals with groups that are lobbying him. He maintains that the Read more →
This is for sure the final legislative Digest of the year. Lawmakers are set to meet in a rare Sunday session today to finish their work. The House is in at 1 pm. The Senate is back at 2 pm. The remaining sticking point to an overall budget deal is the bonding bill. DFL House Read more →
DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich said there will be floor sessions on Sunday afternoon. He said they plan on taking up the health care reform bill early this morning and will adjourn. He said there will be votes on the remaining bills when they come back for the rare Sunday session. It appears that Read more →