City prepares for a special session

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned its regular session Monday, May 18, per the constitutional deadline. However, because a number of important bills were not completed – and some were vetoed – lawmakers will need to head into a special session.

A surplus of nearly $2 billion was projected for the State’s upcoming budget cycle, which set the stage for lawmakers and Gov. Dayton to decide on levels of appropriations for existing budget areas, while also determining whether and how to spend the surplus revenues.

The Minnesota House and Senate completed much of their work, including passage of major funding bills for State government, higher education, public safety, and health and human services. However, there were a number of bills that were not completed, including a tax bill, a legacy funding bill, a comprehensive transportation funding bill and a bonding bill. Dayton also vetoed three budget bills: education, jobs and economic development, and environment and agriculture budget bills. 

Dayton says he will call the Legislature into a special session so lawmakers can complete their work, but the date has not yet been set. The Legislature and the governor must pass a balanced budget by July 1, 2015, to avoid a government shutdown.

Below are a number of items Minneapolis leadership will be watching closely during the special session.

Published Jun 2, 2015

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