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Tim Mahoney

May 16, 2014

$283M later, budget bill wraps in wee hours

A delay was caused by the late submission of a series of negotiating requests from Gov. Mark Dayton, who sought the inclusion of several provisions that had not yet been funded in the bill.

Apr 21, 2014

The Capitol Note: Lawmakers critical of law enforcement influence

The law enforcement lobby has been a powerful force in blocking proposed medical marijuana legislation this session, highlighting the clout of police and prosecutors in shaping public policy.

Apr 3, 2014

Bonding: House borrowing, cash bills pass committee vote

House Republicans gave some indication of their own priorities during the committee meeting.

Feb 12, 2014

Transportation spending picture stays muddled

During the 2013 legislative session, DFL lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton settled on a $300 million funding package for so-called Corridors of Commerce. In October, when Dayton announced the awarding of grants for 10 projects spread throughout the state, his announcement was heralded as good news by a number of Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove.

Nov 6, 2013

Where the state is aiming its incentive cash

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development this year got an infusion of money from state lawmakers for a variety of economic development programs. And since the money became available on July 1, the money has been flowing to companies and local governments for a variety of business expansions.

May 16, 2013

House passes jobs and energy conference agreement

The House passed its jobs and energy budget bill on Wednesday night 73-59. The bill has increased funding for a passel of economic development projects and also requires investor-owned utilities to produce 1.5 percent of their power from solar sources by 2020.

May 15, 2013

Conference committees hash out differences

While the public’s eyes were glued this week to the passage and signing of the gay marriage bill, most lobbyists were camped out in the Capitol well into the night tracking — or awaiting — the deliberations of numerous conference committees.

May 13, 2013

House tenders offer to the Senate on omnibus jobs bill

The House has matched the Senate on funding for some economic development programs. But the two sides broke from conference committee on Monday night with some important differences yet to be ironed out.

May 1, 2013

Workers’ comp bill moving in both chambers

State lawmakers are introducing a workers’ compensation proposal that business and labor leaders alike regard as the most significant change to the system in 18 years.

Apr 18, 2013

House restores prohibition on schools starting before Labor Day

A perennial battle over whether schools should be allowed to begin classes prior to Labor Day surfaced in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

Apr 15, 2013

House passes economic development bill

The House voted 75-57 to pass its workforce and economic development bill that increases funding for a variety of state programs that are designed to spur new business activity. The bill drew fire from Republicans over a provision to allow locked out workers to receive unemployment benefits for three years.

Apr 2, 2013

Mahoney introduces omnibus jobs and economic development proposal

House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Chair Tim Mahoney has introduced his committee’s omnibus bill that includes economic development incentives and job training programs. The bill spends $234 million for the 2014-2015 budget period from all state funds including $153 million from the general fund.

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