Late in the day on Friday, April 4, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its second tax bill off the floor. The bill includes an appropriation adjustment for LGA based on inflation and population growth, which would mean a $13.1 million increase to the LGA program for calendar year 2015. The LGA increase remained in the final bill despite a floor amendment from Rep. Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pine) that would have removed the LGA provisions. Rep. Runbeck withdrew her amendment from consideration after only a few minutes of debate and no vote was taken on it. The House’s second tax bill can been read here.
The Senate is expected to unveil its tax bill Monday and vote it out of committee Tuesday. It is unlikely that the Senate version will include an LGA increase and the issue will need to be worked out in conference committee.