The CGMC is conducting a survey to better understand what local governments will be doing with wages and other cost-cutting measures. We plan to use the findings to advise cities on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minnesota Legislature failed to resolve most of the biggest outstanding issues before quietly adjourning at midnight Sunday. Significant items of CGMC concern went unfinished, including a bonding bill and distribution of federal CARES Act money to local governments. Each side will spin its reasons and likely acknowledge that it . . .
The Minnesota House took up the bonding bill, HF 2529 (authored by Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown) the floor this morning. After a relatively short floor debate, House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) stood to inform everyone his caucus would not vote for the bill. He further stated that there would . . .
Senate, House offer differing plans on how to distribute federal CARES Act funds to local governments
The Minnesota House and Senate have unveiled separate plans on how the state should distribute its share of the federal CARES Act funds to local governments. Under the CARES Act, some funds will be given directly to all local governments across the country with populations greater than 500,000. The only . . .
The final days of the legislative session have a very different feel this year. Under normal circumstances the halls of the Capitol and legislative buildings would be filled legislators, staff, lobbyists, and the public. The atmosphere would be electric with bursts of activity, conference committees called at a moment’s notice, . . .
The Minnesota House unveiled its proposed bonding bill, HF 2529, today without fanfare by posting it as an amendment to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. The bill would appropriate slightly more than $2 billion in general obligation bonds and another $500 million in cash . . .