Heading into the 2016 legislative session, Minnesota legislators generally agreed that transportation, taxes, and a bonding bill were their priorities. However, with less than a month until the Legislature adjourns, the fate of these issues – and many others – remains uncertain. Of more than 7,500 bills introduced in the House and Senate this biennium, only a small fraction will become law. In fact, only 77 laws were enacted in 2015 and only seven so far in 2016.
Governor Dayton, House Republicans, and Senate Democrats have all released proposals to spend (or save) the state’s projected $900 million surplus. If leaders reach an agreement on spending priorities and bonding, the potential for other achievements remains strong. But presently, their proposals differ dramatically:
– Governor Dayton: $698 million in new spending + $1.4 billion in bonding
– Senate Democrats: $798 million in new spending + unknown amount in bonding
– House Republicans: $0 in new spending + $600 million in bonding
The Goff Public government relations team will be busy until the moment of adjournment on May 23, helping our clients proactively pass legislation, defend their interests, and navigate the complex political process.
Contact Elizabeth Emerson, director of government relations, for more information on our full scope of lobbying and advocacy services.