Legislature Heads Into Next Phase of the Session

April 4, 2022

Committee activity will turn to development of House and Senate supplemental omnibus budget/policy bills.

With the second committee deadline now behind them, many of the House and Senate finance and policy committees will begin to focus on developing their respective supplemental omnibus budget/policy bills.

Meanwhile the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will ramp up to consider bills with fiscal implications.

With the state’s projected $9.2 billion general fund surplus, the Legislature has discussed numerous ways to use the extra funding, including new or expanded program funding as well as tax cuts. The debate over the use of the record surplus will almost certainly be contentious, and the different approaches between the House and Senate will likely begin to emerge in omnibus bill form this week.

Tax bills

The House Taxes Committee will unveil its initial omnibus tax bill on April 4. It will complete its work on April 7 and send the bill to the Ways and Means Committee.

The Senate Taxes Committee and its Property Tax Subcommittee will continue to consider tax-related bills in the coming weeks, including local sales tax and tax increment financing bills. Still, the chair announced on March 31 that the committee would also unveil an omnibus bill on April 4 and process the bill this week. How the Senate will amend this initial version of the omnibus tax bill with additional yet-to-be-heard bills remains unclear.

Capital investment bills

The House Capital Investment Committee has been meeting all session and will continue to consider state and local capital investment bills this week in preparation for the release of an omnibus bonding bill. The Senate Capital Investment Committee will hold its first meeting of the session on April 6 to begin the process of compiling the Senate capital investment bill.

The Legislature will break for the Passover/Easter recess at the end of the day on April 8 and reconvene on April 19 for the final five weeks of the 2022 legislative session. The Legislature must adjourn by May 23 under the Minnesota Constitution.

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