The MSBA reports that the special session tax bill contains a quartet of MSBA proposals:
Rep. Jeanne Poppe (D-Austin) and lawyer-legislator Sen. Jerry Relph (R-St. Cloud) sponsored these provisions.
In other news, the StarTribune has disseminated a draft of the 2019 bonding bill that never got off the ground. The newspaper reported it appeared briefly on the House’s website, then vanished.
A $500 million bonding package—with much of the money steered to housing—was part of the budget accord announced on May 19 by the governor and the two House and Senate heads. But the bill quietly died without being introduced during the recent one-day special session.
“We thought that that was going to get done,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said Tuesday. “I’m not sure what happened in the House.”
He said the bill apparently died sometime during the last 30 minutes of the 21-hour special session.
According to the StarTribune, the House didn’t have enough votes to assure passage as the 7 a.m. Saturday deadline for ending the session approached. Passing bonding bills requires a two-thirds majority of each chamber.
There were a couple of items of interest in the draft bill:
Gazelka said the Legislature might revisit bonding in 2020. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the bonding bill got bigger for next year,” he said.
The StarTribune reported that it got the draft bill from Bradley Peterson, government relations practice lead for the Flaherty & Hood law firm.