The Legislature has less than 32 hours to pass bills before their deadline of midnight on Sunday. There has been some activity since yesterday, but they still have not passed any of the four main bills. Things are happening very quickly in these last few hours, but here is where the bills currently stand:

TAX BILL
The taxes conference committee has supposedly reached an agreement. They released a spreadsheet of the tax bill last night, but the actual bill language has yet to be unveiled. The spreadsheet shows a $20 million increase in base LGA funding, but we are still waiting to see the bill language for more details. It appears that the workforce housing tax credit is not included in the final bill.

Do we think it will it pass by midnight on Sunday?
 It’s likely.

BONDING BILL
The Senate unveiled its compromise bonding bill offer this morning. At $1.4 billion, this offer is $100 million less than their original bill. CGMC priorities still fare well in the updated Senate bill – it includes $15 million for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Grant Program (same as their original bill) and $157 million for clean water infrastructure grant and loan programs (down $10 million from their original bill). The Senate’s offer also removes all of the earmarked trunk highway bonds.

The House has not come out with a new bonding bill offer. Their original bill totaled $800 million, which that means as of now, the House and Senate remain $600 million apart on a bonding bill.

Do we think it will it pass by midnight on Sunday?  It’s likely.

TRANSPORTATION
Still no news to report on the transportation bill. The House has indicated that they are going to make a transportation counter-offer this afternoon; however, the scheduled 1 p.m. conference committee meeting was pushed back to the “call of the chair.”

Do we think it will it pass by midnight on Sunday?  It’s still unlikely.

SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET BILL
Legislators appears to be close to reaching an agreement on the supplement budget bill. Some members of the Capitol press corps have reported on social media that the bill will include $35 million for broadband. However, there is still no news on whether the bill includes the Senate-proposed policy changes that would allow more cities to qualify for grants.

Another challenge with this bill is that Gov. Dayton has threatened to veto the tax bill unless the supplemental budget bill includes funding for his three priorities: racial equity, broadband expansion and pre-kindergarten programs.

Do we think it will it pass by midnight on Sunday?  Chances are still 50/50.