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- An Update from the Capitol
- In The News: Special Session Continues Thursday
- In The News: Exhausted legislature Takes a Night Off, as Budget Remains Unfinished
- In The News: Guest Opinion: Closing state opportunity gaps requires more resources for children
Update from the Capitol: Special Session Continues
The house and senate continue to meet in special session today. Leadership is hoping to wrap up session tonight, but we’ve heard that before, so it’s not over ’til its over. Final versions of the Education and HHS bills are yet to be voted on. There are positive developments for early childhood care and education, if the deal between the governor and legislative leaders holds up. There could still be changes before the special session adjourns. Of course, nothing is final until the governor has signed. We will provide updates as information becomes available. Here is a summary of the slow-moving progress made Wednesday:
- Passed the tax bill
- Passed the stand-alone pre-emption bill
- Debated the education bill but did not take action
- Passed the tax bill
- Passed the education bill
- Passed the transportation bill
The articles below provide a more detailed explanation of today and yesterday’s events.
In The News: Special Session Continues Thursday
May 25, 2017 12:31 PM, via KSTP
“Republican Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton are searching for a way out of an impasse, after their plan for a brief special session went off the rails with plenty of work yet to be done on massive $46 billion budget.
The two sides agreed in principle late Monday on a special session with a self-imposed deadline of 7 a.m. Wednesday, but the deadline came and went.
And the special session will continue on Thursday. Both the Senate and House recessed for the day Wednesday night. Both bodies are in recess until noon Thursday.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt said they will come back and try to finish remaining bills in marathon session.”
In The News: Exhausted Legislature Takes a Night Off, as Budget Remains Unfinished
By RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and DAVID MONTGOMERY Last Update: 05/25/17 at 10:31 am., via Pioneer Press
“Exhausted and frustrated, Minnesota lawmakers are taking a full night’s break before they finish passing a $46 billion state budget.
The Legislature was only supposed to meet overnight Tuesday, after it missed its midnight Monday deadline. But it took longer than expected for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to agree on the final details of the remaining budget bills — then still more time for staff to put the bills into final form.”
By Leslie Bouchonville and Betty Doss, via Brainerd Dispatch (05/18), and Echo Journal (05/19).
“Minnesota’s opportunity gap is the worst in the nation. Quality home visiting programs and early education are proven to be among the best ways to support strong early development.
As the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Paul Gazelka has a unique role to play in eliminating the opportunity gap for families and their children. He should join Rep. Ron Kresha in leading targeted home visiting and early learning scholarships, which are proven methods to close the opportunity gap for our community’s most vulnerable children.”