Staying consistent with this “fast and furious” 2016 legislative session, the Senate Omnibus E-12 Education Finance Bill (SF 1935) was quickly approved Tuesday by the Senate Taxes Committee. The bill has no levy tax target and very minor tax implications.
Senate Omnibus Elections Bill
The Senate Omnibus Elections Bill (SF 2381) was heard in the Senate Finance Committee and now is on its way for a full vote on the Senate floor without any amendments. We will keep you posted on this bill’s progress.
The committee adopted the Broadband Article into a “mega-finance bill.” The Border-to-Boarder Broadband Development Program’s one-time appropriation from the general fund is $85 million with 2 percent allowable expense for administering the state’s broadband goals, mapping and data collection.
The committee did include the 2016 goals of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband (MSBA’s Denise Dittrich serves on this task force).
As a reminder, those goals are:
No later the 2022, all Minnesota businesses and homes have access to high-speed broadband that provides minimum download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least three megabits per second; and no later than 2026, all Minnesota businesses and homes have access to at least one provider of broadband with download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 20 megabits per second.
House Omnibus Education Finance Bill
The House Omnibus Education Finance Bill moved quickly through House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Jenifer Loon added two amendments to the bill. One amendment was a merely a technical adjustment and the other amendment would require school boards to pass a resolution to use the statewide equity money.
The House Omnibus Higher Education Finance Bill was added to the House Omnibus Education Finance Bill and will head to the House floor with a new bill number: HF 2749.