MHTA – Despite Minnesota legislators’ best efforts to adjourn this week, it is looking less likely that they will complete their work prior to the Easter/Passover break. This is good news for many of the initiatives included in MHTA’s legislative agenda because it means there is a greater opportunity for them to be included in final bills that are sent to the Governor.
The Senate released its $496 million capital investment bill and moved it to the floor last week – advancing one of its and MHTA’s primary session priorities. The Senate bill contained many more projects than the House bill to support world-class University of Minnesota and MnSCU facilities that result in a skilled and diverse workforce and encourage research that leads to commercialization. The House and Senate capital investment bills await passage by the full bodies before they are sent to conference committee. Check here for a table comparing the Governor’s proposal and House and Senate bills is below. MHTA has communicated with leaders in the House, Senate and Governor’s office to express our support for funding these STEM facilities.
The Senate passed its tax bill last week and the conference committee will meet for the first time Wednesday. House conferees are: Rep. Greg Davids (House Tax Chair), Rep. Sarah Anderson, Rep. Jennifer Loon, Rep. Tara Mack and Rep. Linda Runbeck. Senate conferees are: Sen. Julianne Ortman (Senate Tax Chair), Sen. Goeff Michel, Sen. Julie Rosen, Sen. Warren Limmer and Sen. Roger Chamberlain.
MHTA sent a letter to the House and Senate conferees to express our support for the components of the two bills that best encourage investment in new technology and provide incentives to perform research and development activities leading to new start-up companies and the creation of new technologies. Check here for a chart that outlines the major distinctions between the two bills as it relates to MHTA’s legislative agenda.
MHTA will continue to work with legislative leaders to advance our agenda in the final weeks of session.