The MN Legislature reconvenes Tuesday, February 11.
Our January 28 dinner speaker Rep. Drazkowski provided some predictions on what will happen this session.
He also briefly discussed a possible way the MN legislature could begin to deal with the millions of dollars of misspent funding by the Department of Human Services: create a separate Inspector General division outside of DHS's tainted administrative structure.
And he gave us a quick forecast of what will happen to our money in the 2020 legislative session. The funds on-hand already exceed what's needed for the 2-year budget bill that was approved in 2019. The DFL majority will want to spend the 2.4 Billion in excess tax-collections already in the state's treasury, as well as the forecast 1.3 Billion excess that will accrue by 2021. Expect to see a "Supplemental Budget Bill" filled with pet-projects from every district.
Plus: Gov. Walz will propose a 2.6 Billion bonding (borrowing) plan, 2-times larger than any previously approved.