Interview with Carlos Mariani Regarding Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform After George Floyd (Part Two)

Minnesota Report

(Part Two)

C&B: Former Representative Charlie Weaver, head of the Business Partnership has expressed interest in trying to broker something. What do you anticipate there?

CM: Well, I think it will be a good faith effort on his part, my former colleague Charlie was a pretty conscientious legislator, a serious legislator who understood public policy. He works, representing some of the biggest corporations, you know, through business partnership in our state and corporate America actively have taken some pretty big strides in recent years to embrace racial equity racial justice to be better than they have in the past in terms of being inclusive in their practices with communities and your hiring practices etc I think there’s a real practical perspective, you know from that sector that racism is bad for the business it’s bad for our society. You know, it produces unrest that can get chaotic, which then means that places like Target have to board up their windows and close their shops that’s not what businesses want to do.

And so, I hope that Charlie’s, you know, desire to play go between can coax his former colleagues, Senate Republicans to match at the very least, match that level of commitment to combat racism and understand that we’re not just talking about a few bad apples. You know among police, we’re talking about an inadequate system that cannot combat racism and therefore allow for that dynamic, that dynamic of racism will play itself out the way, many people saw that played out with the killing of Philando with George, you know, so many black and brown people across the country.
So, I welcome his offer to help. Hopefully it’ll move things along.

C&B: Republican Senators have said it, even on the floor of the Senate, that they see this is a Minneapolis problem, is this a Minneapolis problem solely?

CM: It’s not solely a Minneapolis problem, but that’s symptomatic of a widespread issue, and that’s why you have all sorts of demonstrations, not only in Minneapolis but places as far away as the Bemidji, Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, because folks know that there are issues with policing generally. And of course, you know, good God, over 100 cities across the nation where they have also experienced these kinds of obscene tragedies. And so, you know, it’s a false narrative, it doesn’t, it doesn’t, honor, what Minnesotans know to be true.

We know that the majority of deadly force encounters in this state occur outside in the Twin Cities for instance. And people know that, and so I, you know, I think that kind of diversion, and lack of truth is not going to be well received the people of Minnesota. They want real solutions, they don’t want to just scapegoat, you know, one community.

C&B: You took a bold step, last year and directly reached out to the Sentencing Guidelines Commission to bring about systemic change on the issue of probation. Can you discuss that process, and then in turn the response of your counterpart Senator Limmer?

CM: Yeah, we know, in my committee, we heard a bill, that set probation terms no more than five years. All the social scientists including all their probation officers told us that there’s no reason to have a term longer than five years. If there are, they’re pretty rare and extreme. We have terms as much as 40 years.

There are tremendous collateral consequences that happen with that. 100,000 people on probation in the state of Minnesota. You know, so the collateral consequences could be everything from being able to vote, without being able to obtain credit, not being able to rent certain rental properties diminished opportunities, you know, get on with their lives even though their trying to do that.

And a pretty dispirit impact of low-income people out of poor whites and rural parts of Minnesota, as well as on people of color and Indian people in the state of Minnesota. And so, we had the bill, like I said Long carried it a Democrat in my committee. Senator Chamberlain the Republican Tax Chair, carried it in the Senate. Senator Limmer didn’t give it a hearing at all. It was never heard in that committee, we heard that we passed it. We pass it off the floor of the House and the Senate took no action on it. In the meantime, I was communicating directly publicly and transparently with, with the commission itself. We understood its charter and we knew that this charter gave it the authority to act without legislation.

Obviously, I prefer legislation but, in this case, we had long ago, empowered this commission with the ability to act on this issue.So, I coaxed them, I encouraged them to do it. You know, after new terms, or new people be appointed by Governor Tim Walz it was a critical mass of folks who heard that message, they waited to see if we would act legislatively but we didn’t they, they acted administratively and created the five year cap with exceptions but generally applied the five year cap going forward for all future convictions.The Senate, my counterpart was upset. He publicly testified and told them that they should not be taking these actions. only the legislature could do it, he is technically and legally incorrect on that. You know, he certainly had an opportunity, back legislatively, but simply did not act. You know, in the name of justice of getting things right for 100,000 people.

Well, it only applies prospectively so those 100,000 are stuck with their terms. My hope is, that at some point we’ll revisit their cases and get them capped at the five year, but the point is that the Sentencing Guidelines did the right thing to make Minnesota a better place for a whole lot of people to get on with their lives.

C&B: In 1999, when Jesse Ventura was governor and Rich Stanek a representative, the residency requirement for new officers in Minneapolis and St Paul was removed before it was fully implemented at the time Stanek was a Minneapolis cop and later became the Hennepin County Sheriff. Can you explain the impact of this legislative action and the vested interests that Stanek showed?

CM: Well, the impact is that well over 90% of the Minneapolis police have no connections with the communities that they police in Minneapolis. They don’t live there. They don’t interact in a regular way with people that they’re policing in Brooklyn Center it’s 100% of their police force that lives outside of the city. In Richfield, I forget the number but it’s a huge number. And so, Minneapolis and a number of other have asked us to overturn this in order to be able to establish a strong connection between the residents of their city and who gets to police and be a police officer in their cities.

And so, you know the impact I think has been, you know, greater distance being created between police officers and community members. You know that’s exacerbated by race, you know where you have huge percentages of white police officers, mostly good officers, you know, but who do not nevertheless reflect, you know the racial cultural communities that they are policing. And that’s a recipe for all sorts of, you know, misinterpretations, miscommunications, which sometimes you know, can lead to really bad outcomes so the cities really want this ability to do that. Our proposal doesn’t mandate it simply lifts the ban so that local control you can make these decisions on a city by city, township by township basis.

C&B: The name of the committee you chair has changed significantly over the course of time, especially when changing between DFL and Republicans control, is there a fundamental difference in philosophy between the two parties?

CM: Ya, there is, by the way I’m going to need to go. I’m supposed to call the Governor in two minutes. Ya, the philosophy is that everyone is at the table in this committee. It isn’t just white guys, it isn’t just law enforcement, there certainly are white guys and there certainly are law enforcement at the table, at the witness table, in helping write legislation, absolutely. And now there are way more people of color, indigenous people, people from different gender identities, lots of survivors of crime including the survivors of sexual assaults in our state. They’re all at our table. We have immigrants we have Muslims, we have blacks, so you come to a committee hearing now days and you’re going to see an incredibly powerful rich display of the fullness of Minnesota engaged in shaping laws. Where as in the past it was not the case. I’m really proud of that, that’s you know, us being the best legislature that the state of Minnesota deserves.

Interview with Carlos Mariani Regarding Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform After George Floyd (Part One)

Minnesota Report

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to interview Rep Carlos Mariani (DFL-65B, St Paul) Chair, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division on proposed changes to the criminal justice system affecting police accountability, negotiations with the Senate and what to expect coming forward in a next Special Session. This is the first of a two-part transcribed Q&A.

At the time he was just getting ready to have an important conversation with Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) and today he i having a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa) facilitated by MN Business Partnership and former House or Representatives member Charlie Weaver (R).

Mariani provides great insight into the current state of affairs, discusses the obstructions and the inaction of key players on this issue, especially his Senate counterpart, Sen Warren Limmer (R-34, Maple Grove). We received a solid behind the curtain perspective on where things currently stand.

As we reflect on what was said, it is clear the House position is not overreaching but rather is a reasoned approach to create a system that reflects a respect for the lives of all Minnesotans and may prevent the senseless killing of people of color at the hands of law enforcement.

It is a worthy read.


C&B: I’m speaking with the chair of the Public Safety, Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division in the Minnesota House Representatives, Representative Carlos Mariani. As the chair of the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division Chair; in the aftermath of the George Floyd’s murder, what do you see ahead of you at this historical moment?

CM: Well I see a good opportunity for us to address what pretty clearly a lot of Minnesotans want us to address. You know, we had two plus weeks of protests, massive protests primarily here in the Twin Cities but not just in the Twin Cities, in the regional cities around the state, and folks were outraged of the killing of George. And they were outraged, and they were diverse in their backgrounds and their makeup. You have white, black, brown, indigenous men, women, suburban moms even all engaged, you know, in exercising the First Amendment right to express their outrage but also to call for a different way for us to do public safety. And so, I see an opportunity here in terms of grabbing that energy and reflecting it to the form of legislation that can put us on a better path of A) Holding our police accountable, very strongly so that we can avoid these kind of, you know, obscenities like the killing of George, the killing of Philando, and then also to put forth ideas about how we can expand public safety so that involves more than just using armed police in order to solve every problem that our community has many of which sometimes, you know leads to criminal acts.

C&B: What are the fundamental issues you’re addressing?

CM: One fundamental issue is accountability, the lack thereof. As we, you know, we’ve been working on this issue, by we, I mean our committee, for almost two years now, ever since I began chairmanship on it, in 2019.
And so, and even this year, we held, before the session started to hearing on race and the law. So, we’ve, we’ve understood from the very beginning of this bad intersect right now with policing and race and have been proposing all sorts of ideas, in order to create a more accountable, transparent, civilian, you know, heavy involvement in holding police, and law enforcement accountable.

And so, so one of the big issues for us to address is the relatively weak way in which accountability shows up right now, when it comes to policing. It actually sounds kind of hum drum, you know, but accountability is a powerful thing. You know, we have all sorts of professions in this state that are licensed through the state of Minnesota, just like all police officers are licensed through the state but in every other profession, you have really strong transparent and even proactive ways to constantly review the behaviors, the actions of any of these professionals. Whether they’re nurses or teachers or dentists or psychologists, the state can do that in a very muscular way in order to protect the public, but we don’t do that, when it comes to protecting the public from wrongdoing on the part of law enforcement professionals.

So, what are the big issues for us is how do we get that profession, at that same level of scrutiny and quality and accountability of the other professionals in the state? The other opportunity here is for greater civilian, participation, direction, guidance, direction in terms of the conduct of our law enforcement officers shaping how we can continue to evolve that professional still has a powerful, and positive interaction with the entire community, not just parts of it, but the entire community. So that’s where we’re looking for ways to invest, not divest, there’s divestment, there’s no defunding of police here, but what we’re looking for here is to expand state investments in other activities that can work, powerfully well, either with police and or independent of police in order to head off crime, in order to promote community.

So those are two big areas, you know, a third area is, what do we do to those instances where we do have a terrible wrong that’s been committed like we saw on May 25th, and so how do we make sure that there’s sound prosecution. You know, Hennepin County had never, you know, successfully prosecuted a police officer, until just a few years ago and that police officer turns out to be a Somali American but with, you know, dozens of dozens of complaints and many deaths had never done that before, and so there’s a lack of confidence on the part of the public, in regards to the will to prosecute wrongdoers who are police.

And so, we’re moving that primary responsibility we’re proposing that to be moved to the attorney general’s office so a state office that would be one step removed from the conflicts of prosecuting police officers of departments that they work closely with, which is the case with county attorneys.

So those are three big areas are many more. But I think we can certainly look at this and focus on, you know, negative punitive approaches. We’re approaching this differently; we’re approaching this in terms of how do we use this tragedy, to make our public safety system stronger and better, and accountability and community involvement and participation in public safety is very much at the center of all that for us.

C&B: What does Black Lives Matter mean to you?

CM: Black Lives Matter means to me, the recognition that historically, black lives have in fact, not mattered. And in our society, we use the word all, to attempt to describe everyone except that it really doesn’t describe everyone. It really encompasses those folks who are the norm, who are the majority, who the majority is comfortable with, so, by definition that tends to be folks who identify or identified as white people. And on the flip side of that, is a whole community of folks, including black people that are just simply not thought out as being part of the norm.

And so black lives matter, really affirms that each person each community is important in our society that their lives should be lifted up to the high level, to the sanctity of life, of dignity and respect, that other communities, take for granted. And so, you know, you have to do a little bit of a dive into history right, in the United States we created a slaveholders Republic that made it okay, from the very beginning to own other people so that we identify as black people, and then from that floor has a long history of indignities and dehumanizing of those people. That was reinforced, not only through social practice but by legal practices even attempts to mask in pseudo-science, in religion etcetera.

So, it’s critically important, given our history of de facto, not having the lives of black people matter, to very straightforwardly, very assertively, affirm, that black lives do matter.

C&B: So, our constitution of our state was created right after the Civil War and Reconstruction was happening and there are parts of our constitution that are affected by that, such as tying voting rights to legal convictions. Do you think that that needs to be changed in our Constitution?

CM: Well, I’m not a constitutional scholar, but my understanding is that our legislature can act within that construct to affirm voter rights for, for all sorts of classes of people including those that have been incarcerated and that are carrying felony convictions. And so, I think we’re in pretty strong legal standing that we don’t need to change the constitution to do that, we could do that statutorily.

And so, one of our proposals is in fact to do that. Now the tie of that true police accountability to an expanded notion of public safety, that needs communities where communities are at and involves them and public safety is really pretty simple, right, because we disenfranchise folks with felonies, from voting for long periods of time, after they’ve been released certainly while they’re incarcerated, or while they’re on probation. That means that the very people who have a direct experience with our policing of law enforcement entities and processes, end up having no say, on who is enforcing those laws on who is policing them.

And the point is that once you paid your debt to society, part of redeeming yourself and redeeming ourselves as a society, is to bring those folks back into community with us. And we can’t do that, if we’re saying you’re part of that community but, you can’t decide who your police chief is going to be, you can’t decide, you know who’s going to be policing your streets. And so, you know, this was a real common practice during the whole Jim Crow Era where you know localities came up with all sorts of reasons to criminalize activity in black communities. And then, by doing that disenfranchising them from voting, which then meant they couldn’t elect the city council people and the mayor’s who appointed and hired the police department. That was enforcing these laws and criminalizing, you know, black communities and targeting that specifically.

So, we really want to break the cycle, of excessive police presence and activities with certain communities but those communities, absolutely, need to be part of our electoral process, especially after they’ve already served their time, have already made their obligations you know regarding probation, so that they can help us build a good community, and part of building a good community, is being able to vote in the kind of folks that can determine what that local public safety system should look like.

C&B: Are you saying Jim Crow laws exist in Minnesota?

CM: In a way, yeah, ironically, in a way, by this artificial disenfranchisement of people who have paid their dues and have done their time, that, its impact is very similar to what Jim Crow was designed to do.

C&B: What’s the significance of the POCI Caucus, the people of color caucus in the DFL House Caucus.

CM: Yeah, the people color and indigenous caucus of legislators there is nineteen of us, fourteen in the House. five in the Senate. And that’s the new level, or new percentage, a new presence of that kind of diversity in our legislature, ever. Its impact has been that, with those kind of numbers, and those numbers are going to grow by the way, with those kind of numbers were able to engage in the kind of conversations that we’ve been avoiding for all too long. So, I guess I will get a (inaudible) out of that, as you know because of my seniority I am chairing a major committee, Public Safety Criminal Justice Reform, which then allows me to bring in my experiences as lucky as you know, as a brown person into the stewardship of that committee. Which has informed and allowed me to engage and structure that committee in such a way where we’re addressing issues of race and the law. So, as I said earlier, we began this last regular session. Just before session by holding an evening long discussion of race, and the law over at Hamline University. And so that’s really driven by my own experiences by my own, you know, the things that motivate and move me as well as what motivates and moves my district which is a quote unquote majority minority district, where we have lots of diversity, with lots of different communities of color as well as white communities who are experiencing in justices in the criminal justice and policing systems.

So, with more POCI Caucus members, you’re going to have more of these conversations, more of these explorations or these experiences being brought into shaping our laws, and it’s going to make it harder and harder for this legislature to ignore those realities that exist, specifically within those communities of color.

And so, the POCI Caucus was highly instrumental in putting together the package of proposals, or the package of nineteen proposals that constituted the Minnesota House’s response to the killing of George Floyd.

C&B: That leads right into the question I’m going to ask, after George Floyd, how does the legislation you’re advancing today differ from your bill the first year of this biennium?

CM: I think its informed by it. You know there’s a lot of fine tuning, of it. I think there’s a sense of urgency that wasn’t as widespread, as before, you know, with many more members, you know, willing beyond just POCI members, are very willing to immediately address these issues and quite frankly even, you know, I’m a Democrat, but quite frankly, even a few Republicans in the House, there were, I don’t know, four or five republicans that at one point or another voted for different provisions of the big act that we put together. And so, I keep the difference. George Floyd, really just lit a strong passion in people’s hearts, and provided you know energy by virtue of the outrage and will be with us with our own eyes you know the slow torturous killing of another human being. And it just really provided an incredible, you know wind in our sails to really move forward, really pretty rapidly pretty complex rather complex pretty comprehensive package of ideas. Whereas, any other, you know, issue or time, you know something that’s meaningful would probably take many, many years, you know, to be able to pull together.

C&B: If your legislation had passed last year. What effect would it have had had on law enforcement would Derek Chauvin been a police officer under your new system.

CM: That’s a great question. At the core of our bill last year, which is one of the features of this year’s bill, was a very robust vetting system that collected in centralized public data, we’re talking about data that’s already been pulled it all together, precisely at the state licensing place, the POST Board the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board set up in process by which that data will be analyzed, that the analyzing would have been done with not only, law enforcement, right now it’s super heavily law enforcement that does any look, if they do any look at all. It would have been done with a strong cadre of civilians, next, regular citizens, sitting right next to law enforcement, analyzing data. We arguably could have picked up the intent is to pick up the kind of patterns of practice that officers Chauvin apparently had. You know, we’re talking about an individual that had dozens of complaints, some of a severe nature, some that actually involved the deaths, the use of deadly force, with other individuals prior to George. And so, that would have certainly under our proposal would send up a red flag for us to then take that was strong intention step, either of doing a massive intervention with that individual, or you know, with some pretty severe discipline even leading to dismissal. And of course, if he had been dismissed, delicensed, he would not have been, where he was on May 25 and his knee on another human being’s neck.

So yeah, the whole intention of that kind of use of transparency, data analysis, who’s sitting at the table is all about creating a proactive way to identify problems before they become big problems in terms of the behaviors of our professionals, it’s the way every other profession works, to scrutinize and review for all the right reasons, because it’s all about public safety and protecting the public. It doesn’t happen anywhere with the strength that it shouldn’t be happening when it comes to policing and so that’s the system that were proposed last year, it was turned down out of hat, by the Senate, who quite frankly, never held hearings, and the proposal in their body just wouldn’t even talk about the issue. So, you know, Minnesotans deserve a heck of a lot better than that kind of behavior that we saw last year from the Senate.

C&B: Again, you’re leading into my question line. What has the response been from your senate counterpart, Senator Warren, Chair of the Judiciary Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee?

CM: The response to the part of the Senate Majority, particularly my counterpart Senator Limmer has been, to put it kindly, totally inadequate. We’ve had bills that have been authored in the broader criminal justice arena that have been authored by Republicans by Republican senators that that committee simply would not give a hearing to.

You know, it’s one thing to vote something down to have an objection to why. Another reason why you might fall into our technical issue, or a funding issue, or you know needs a little bit more time to gel or whatever. But to simply not talk, not explore, not hear or engage the public in a public hearing on something this critically important as police accountability It’s just unconscionable. And so, it’s fitting incredibly neglectful. I would say irresponsible. And obviously I don’t have a crystal ball so I don’t know whether we have done that in the Senate or the House that we would have avoided, you know what happened with George, but the legislation again was designed specifically for that and so you know that lack of care, that lack of engagement, that lack of, you know, hard work on the part of the Senate is unbecoming and worse than that it’s just irresponsible.

C&B: Is Senator Limmer ignoring the issue?

CM: I believe he is; I believe your action; your action speaks for itself or in this case your inaction speaks for itself.

C&B: Will you provide your viewpoint on what negotiations, that inside information with the Senator (Limmer) actually are like?

CM: With this individual Senator or with the Senate in general?

C&B: Let’s talk both pieces with him and with the Senate.

CM: Well, our interaction, well they are actually both, synonymous at this point, I can tell you that in our attempt to arrive at agreement in the special session after we’ve worked incredibly hard in the House.
I mean, my gosh, we had a, you know, a seven hour Saturday hearing engaging with, oh my gosh, three dozen different public individuals, including families of loved ones, been killed by the police, Philando Castile’s mother versus George’s family anticipated, as well as academicians, advocates, and even folks in law enforcement, where we heard from police chiefs, who wanted to see a big change in the arbitration system. We had seven hours of that we had five hours mark-up, a couple days later, we had two or three other presentations in two or three other committees. We had a presentation in the Ways and Means Committee. And then we had a seven-hour debate on the floor of the House It took us to a one o’clock in the morning on that Saturday morning of the week before Republicans walked out on the session.

On the Senate side, we had a pretty minimal amount of time spent. I would say, I’m not sure about the hours. It was only several hours in a one-shot hearing, where folks were rushed along in terms of offering their testimony, and then putting forward a few bills, quite frankly, so we thought, you know, could match-up fairly well with our bills. And then when we sat to talk through and negotiate the Senate said, well, you know we can’t act, because we haven’t read your bill.
And mind you, you know, a good chunk of this bill had been written the year before, had been presented to them the year before we had, we actually held a hearing forced them to sit through a hearing in the conference committee on the provisions around police accountability. But nonetheless, they told us, the Senate told the House we haven’t read your bill.

And so, our response was, we think you should read the bill. Why don’t you read the bill we’ll get back together then you could ask those questions and let’s see if we can get to an agreement. You know, five hours later, they wanted to talk again. And at that point they put a number of ideas on the table as a take it or leave it offer and we needed to move quickly because they simultaneously arrange for a press conference to talk about their offer.

We counteroffered within a couple of hours. They looked at it and said, well too bad we’ve run out of time, which was a unilateral decision on their part. We were prepared to stay there as long as it took because this is important. And they got up and walked out and to this day has that responded to the counteroffer that we put on the table which was a combination of a number of their provisions, along with some pretty big ideas that we had in our bill as well, so that all that I was saying that you know our interaction and negotiating style, or process with the Senate, quite frankly, has been in one of a lack of respect on the part of the Senate with the House’s proposals. A lack of urgency, a lack of depth on their part in terms of responding to these issues and a pretty dismissive, you know, attitude by virtue of just simply choosing to walk away. And, by the way, they walked away on Juneteenth, which, you know, spoke volumes to a lot of folks in the African American community. This is, you know, a major liberation for African Americans and it was on that day that the Senate, you know, didn’t respond and then walked away from any further negotiations.

End of Part One

Trump Polling Numbers in Key States Falter

National and Minnesota Report

Yesterday, articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post spelled good news for the former Vice-President Joe Biden’s campaign (D). In each, they show these key states to have made a significant move away from Donald J Trump (R) demographically and by issues of concern.

We contend the 2016 election number for Trump to be the high water marks of his political career and will be the limits of his reelection bid. We took those numbers for these six battleground states, Florida, Michigan North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvanian, Wisconsin added Minnesota, Arizona and provided the US popular vote figures to show how close the election could be.

The key factual difference between 2016 and 2020 is the lack of significant third-party/write-in candidates, which ranged from 3.75% in Pennsylvania to 9.32% in Arizona. We extrapolated the numbers to apply Trump’s 2016 results to the 2018 turnout numbers, which were promoted as historically large, but still lower than in a Presidential Election year and show the potential impact of low turnout. When applied Trump prevails in all of these states, including Minnesota, but when a 5% higher turnout over 2016 is shown, he is trounced in each state.

The motivations on both sides are high, but as is always the case, higher voter turnout favors Democratic candidates. This is why the impact of voter suppression is paramount to address because that is the only manner Republicans can prevail especially in states like Kentucky, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will have a challenging race no matter if his opponent is state Rep Charles Booker (D-KY) or retired Marine Lt Colonel Amy McGrath (D-KY). In Alabama where US Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is attempting to hold on to his seat against either former Attorney General and US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) or former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) to be decided by a July 14th Primary. In Georgia, both Senate seats are up. US Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is seeking standard reelection for his term and US Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is seeking election following her appointment earlier this year.

In the battleground states, here in MN, US Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) faces her own reelection after being elected in her own right in 2018 to fill the balance of Al Franken’s term, and now seeks reelection to a full six-year term. In AZ, Martha McSally (R-AZ) is seeking election after her appointment to fill the balance of John McCain’s term. In MI, Gary Peters (D-MI) will feel the full effect of the Trump campaign as he seeks reelection and in NC, Thom Tillis (R-NC) will also experience the Trump factor in the Tarheel state as he seeks his second term.

The Trump effects are felt in other key US Senate election in Maine where US Senator Susan Collins (R-MA) is seeking her fifth term and in Colorado where US Senator Corey Gardner (R-CO) faces his first reelection. The US Senate majority is as important as the Presidential election, especially if Democrats want to extract all of the impact of the Trump Administration, where possible.

State 2016 Vote Total Trump Trump % Clinton Clinton %  Third Party   Write-In 2018 Vote Total 2016/2018  Vote Difference 2016/2018       Vote Difference % Trump 2016 Applied 2018 2016 Increase +5% Trump 2020 % Notes
MN 2,944,813 1,322,951 44.92% 1,367,716 46.44% 8.63% 2,587,356 -357,457 -12.14% 51.13% 3,092,054 0.43%
AZ 2,661,497 1,252,401 47.06% 1,161,167 43.63% 9.32% 2,409,910 -251,587 -9.45% 51.97% 2,794,572 0.45%
FL 9,618,915 4,617,886 48.01% 4,504,975 46.83% 5.16% 8,276,774 -1,342,141 -13.95% 55.79% 10,099,861 0.46%
MI 4,799,284 2,279,543 47.50% 2,268,839 47.27% 5.23% 4,250,585 -548,699 -11.43% 53.63% 5,039,248 0.45%
NC 4,741,564 2,362,631 49.83% 2,189,316 46.17% 4.00% 3,663,308 -1,078,256 -22.74% 64.49% 4,978,642 0.47% No statewide election in 2018
OH 5,607,641 2,841,005 50.66% 2,394,164 42.69% 6.64% 4,503,116 -1,104,525 -19.70% 63.09% 5,888,023 0.48%
PA 6,115,402 2,970,733 48.58% 2,926,441 47.85% 3.57% 5,012,555 -1,102,847 -18.03% 59.27% 6,421,172 0.46%
WI 2,976,150 1,405,284 47.22% 1,382,536 46.45% 6.33% 2,673,308 -302,842 -10.18% 52.57% 3,124,958 0.45%
US 138,846,571 62,984,828 45.36% 65,853,514 47.43% 5.04% 118,581,921 -20,264,650 -14.59% 53.12% 145,788,900 0.43%

Walz Announces COVID-19 Distribution Plan

Minnesota Report

Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) put forward his administrations plan for distribution of the latest COVID-19 funds for cities and counties across the state. Because there wasn’t  any agreement between the Senate Republicans and House DFLers the Governor was left to decide what needed to happen.

This will help alleviate some of the costs associated with the preparation and impact felt from the response to the Coronavirus. Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa) is quick to point out the need to reopen our businesses and call attention to the small number of cases here in MN where the lockdown was fairly significant compared to neighboring states where either no restrictions were mandated, Iowa or South Dakota, or where the state open up quicker, Wisconsin. Additionally, he calls attention to the small number of deaths outside of congregated living facilities, like nursing homes.

This is in light of the fact a number of states like Florida, Texas and Arizona, which opened far more rapidly are experiencing double digit spikes in the number of cases. Prudence, seems to be the best measure and Patience the guiding force.

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced a plan to distribute $853 million in relief to communities across the state impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $841 million will be distributed to Minnesota counties, cities, and towns to support local government coronavirus relief efforts. $12 million will be allocated toward food shelves and food banks to help combat hunger across Minnesota. The funding was authorized under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“As we work to support the health and safety of all Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also taking steps to build a stronger and more equitable economy,” said Governor Walz. “This funding will bring much-needed relief to communities across the state as we continue to battle this pandemic together.”

Approximately 300,000 Minnesotans have visited food shelves each month since the pandemic began, representing approximately a 30 percent increase over typical visits. Food banks are distributing approximately 2.4 million pounds of food per week, representing a 20-40 percent increase since 2019. To help meet this unprecedented demand, the Governor and Lt. Governor are allocating $12 million in emergency support for food shelves, food banks, and other emergency food efforts across the state.

 “Access to nutritious food is a cornerstone of a safe and healthy life, and for too many Minnesotans, that need hasn’t gone away during this pandemic—it has increased,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “Using CARES Act funding to alleviate this need is one way we can directly improve the lives of Minnesotans most impacted by COVID-19. While the Legislature was not able to come to a final agreement to distribute this funding, their work was critical in determining the greatest needs across our state.”

 The $841 million for local governments across the state can be used to support local government services as well as grants to businesses, hospitals, and individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will distribute the funding to local governments. Local governments will receive a direct payment based on the per capita formula developed by the state legislature during special session.

Counties with population under 500,000:                  $121.28 x county population

Cities with population over 200:                                $75.34 x city population

Organized towns with population over 5,000:           $75.34 x organized town population

Towns with population over 200 and under 4,999:   $25.00 x town population

Cities or towns with a population of less than 200 will have their distribution sent to their county:

Cities with population under 200:                              $75.34 x city population

Organized towns with population under 200:           $25.00 x town population

Prior to distributing the aid, local governments must certify their intent to follow federal guidelines for the use of funds received. The CARES Act requires that payments may only be used to cover costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency, were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved for the state or local government, and were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

“Local governments urgently need this funding in order to effectively respond to this unprecedented public health emergency,” said Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “The Department of Revenue has a long track record of distributing aid to local governments. The infrastructure already in place will ensure this aid is distributed quickly and accurately.”

The Governor is submitting this proposal today to the Legislative Advisory Commission for their review and is requesting their swift approval so the funds can be distributed. The Department of Revenue will distribute funds on a rolling basis beginning the week of June 29, 2020. Any remaining unspent funding must be returned to the state by December 10, 2020, and the state must recoup money if local governments are found to have spent the aid improperly.

Additional information is available on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.

Effects of the Legislative Cooling Off Period

Minnesota Report

When Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09 Nisswa) adjourned Sine Die on Friday, we said he did so because the DFL overreached and asked for too much in their proposals for police accountability, which leaves the matter unresolved. The pressures being applied to the Republican leader not ones felt within the confines of his caucus in fact just the opposite.

Yesterday, his office announced a senate oversight committee to hear testimony for determination and accountability for a recent marked increase in crime, including rioting, destruction of private business, and destruction city and state properties. This squares with Gazelka’s concern shared at the beginning of the session regarding increased acts of violence on the light rail system and increased fears expressed by his constituents when coming to the cities to attend sporting events.

If we will see a law and order agenda from the Senate GOP during the summer in Special Sessions, it is not hard to see that will be their agenda for the campaign as well.

Ellison Takes on Big Oil

National and Minnesota Report

On Wednesday, Attorney General Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) has taken a bold move in his pursuit to hold oil companies and the Petroleum Institute accountable for the impact of climate change. He joins other states and localities like California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Colorado along with the New York City, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Oakland to name a few, in a similar quest. Of course, the direct comparison was made to the Tobacco settlement in 1998.

In his press release, the direction being taken is quite clear, but if the full environmental impact of big oil is to be held to account, it’s not just climate change as the sole effect, we see one clear piece lacking and that is the use of petroleum based chemicals used in agricultural products as ground water pollutants. In the Land O’ 10,000 Lakes groundwater contamination, something the Attorney General’s Office has pursued regarding 3M, is another worthy pursuit.

Here is full text of the release.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit this morning in Ramsey County  on behalf of the State and its residents to stop deceptive practices related to climate change and to hold ExxonMobil Corp., the American Petroleum Institute, and three Koch Industries entities accountable for perpetuating fraud against Minnesotans. 

The lawsuit includes claims for fraud, failure to warn, and multiple separate violations of Minnesota Statutes that prohibit consumer frauddeceptive trade practices, and false statements in advertising. In addition to an injunction barring further violation of these laws, the complaint seeks restitution for the harms Minnesotans have suffered, and asks the Court to require defendants to fund a corrective public education campaign on the issue of climate change.

Minnesota joins a growing number of governments that are seeking to hold companies responsible for harms associated with climate change. While defendants and claims vary among jurisdictions, at least 15 other plaintiffs have brought similar lawsuits to date. Plaintiffs include the states of Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, along with cities and counties throughout the country.

“When corporations and trade associations break the law and hurt Minnesotans, it’s my job and my duty to hold them accountable. The fraud, deceptive advertising, and other violations of Minnesota state law and common law that the lawsuit shows they perpetrated have harmed Minnesotans’ health and our state’s environment, infrastructure, and economy,” said Attorney General Keith Ellison.

“Impacts from climate change hurt our low-income residents and communities of color first and worst. The impacts on farmers in our agricultural state are widespread as well. Holding these companies accountable for the climate deception they’ve spread and continue to spread is essential to helping families to afford their lives and live with dignity and respect. It’s only fair that, as our complaint states, ‘the parties who have profited from avoiding the consequences and costs of dealing with global warming and its physical, environmental, social, and economic consequences, bear the costs of those impacts, rather than Minnesota taxpayers, residents, or broader segments of the public.’”

The complaint asks the court to require these companies to use wrongfully-obtained profits to help Minnesota pay for the devastating consequences of climate change. Attorney General Ellison is asking for these companies to disgorge profits and to “fund a corrective public education campaign in Minnesota relating to the issue of climate change, administered and controlled by an independent third party,” and that defendants “disclose, disseminate, and publish all research previously conducted directly or indirectly . . . that relates to the issue of climate change.”

The complaint describes how these companies strategized to deceive the public about climate-change science in order to safeguard their business interests. It was uncovered only starting in 2015 that internal experts in the field of climate change at these companies were issuing warnings to company leaders about what was coming. But rather than warn the public, as was the companies’ duty, the complaint details a multi-pronged campaign of deception that the companies and API conducted over the past 30 years.

During this same period, ExxonMobil and Koch earned hundreds of billions of dollars in profits while Minnesota shouldered the costs and consequences of unmitigated climate change.

Two images released in the complaint today illustrate the campaign of deception. One is a document from Exxon Engineering, labeled “Proprietary Information,” dated October 19, 1979. It clearly asserts the reality of climate change and acknowledges that the cause is “due to fossil fuel consumption.” The other image is of print advertisements from the Information Council for the Environment, an industry front group dedicated to denying the science of climate change. The ads compare predictions of climate change to “Chicken Little” and assert that “they may not be true” — despite the defendants’ knowledge that the predictions were true.

Minnesota has a history of holding companies accountable for misleading the public. Under former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey, Minnesota prosecuted Big Tobacco for violating many of these same statutes. Doug Blanke, who worked on the tobacco litigation and headed the Consumer Protection Division while he was at the Attorney General’s office, and now directs the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, thinks that Attorney General Ellison has a strong case. “Misleading the public about science is not a new concept,” he explains. “Unfortunately, some companies seem to care more about their bottom lines than the public’s health. But it’s a violation of Minnesota law to mislead consumers about the products you sell, and the Attorney General has laid out a powerful case that these companies did exactly that.”

Sam Grant, executive director of MN350, added, “As we come together to hold American Petroleum Institute, Exxon, and Koch Industries accountable in this consumer-protection lawsuit, it is important to be mindful that the harm caused by their bad corporate behavior is not evenly experienced. Here in Minnesota, it is our populations of color — particularly our urban African American population and our American Indian population whether urban or rural — that face the most grave health disparities, disparities contributed to by corporations that have knowingly deceived the public, distorted the science, and made tremendous profits while causing irreparable socio-environmental harm.”

“Our future generations count on our actions today,” explains Winona LaDuke, director of Honor the Earth. “As fossil-fuel companies like Exxon twist laws and deal in carbon across the world, people and governments are stopping them. I’m proud that Minnesota is stepping up.”

Juwaria Jama, the state lead for Minnesota Youth Climate Strike, explains how young people feel about this action: “As generation z, we have known about climate change ever since we were born. As children, we were told that we only had a few years to act until our future could be stolen from us. Now as teenagers, that reality is clearer. We are spending our time fighting a last-minute battle to preserve a livable world for ourselves and future generations because corporations like Exxon knew the impacts of climate change, but continued to deceive the public for decades. Exxon chose profit over people. It’s time they’re held accountable.”

Impacts and costs of climate change on Minnesota

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, from 1951 to 2012, Minnesota’s climate warmed faster than both national and global rates of increase, with average annual temperature increasing by 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, since 1960, the rate of climate warming in Minnesota has increased from 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade from the 1890s to the 1950s to 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit per decade beginning with the 1960s. These and other studies lay out many of the impacts of climate change on Minnesotans’ health and Minnesota’s environment and economy.

Pages 57–70 of the lawsuit also detail some of the many impacts and costs that Minnesota has incurred and will incur as a result of climate change that has gone unchecked and unregulated because of the defendants’ 30-year campaign of deception.

copy of the complaint is available on Attorney General Ellison’s website. Video of the press conference at which Attorney General Ellison and other speakers announced the lawsuit will be available on Attorney General Ellison’s YouTube channel

The Politics of Law Enforcement are Based on Where You Live

Minnesota Report

The debate on the State Senate floor yesterday, on a series of bills, SF 1 Sen Warren Limmer  (R-34, Maple Grove) law enforcement training funding, SF 3 Sen Bill Ingebrigsten (R-08, Alexandria) Use of force reporting to the BCA, SF 104 (Limmer) Use of force policies (bans chokeholds/neck restraints, includes duty to intervene/report and the sanctity of life standard), SF 49 (Ingebrigtsen) Background checks for other police staff, and SF 5 (Ingebrigtsen) Police counseling support, constitute a large part of the Republican positions on changes in law enforcement in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder and protests.

The debate over a proposed amendment by Sen Foung Hawj (DFL-67, St Paul), the sole Hmong senator and refugee from Vietnam War, to curb police killings and brutality by shifting from Warrior training methods to Guardian training methods was met with complete rejection by the Republican controlled majority and three DFLers Senators Kent Eken (DFL-04, Twin Valley), Dan Sparks (DFL-27, Austin) and David Tomassoni (DFL-06, Chisholm) joined in this position.

During the debate, Ingebrigsten, a former County Sheriff, had the audacity to say, “Maybe this is just a Minneapolis problem,” as he said problems of this nature do not occur regularly in his community, which are clearly more homogenous. (White)

The key component in this discussion is happening in the House and is best rendered by Rep Rena Moran (DFL-65A, St Paul) requiring a change in policy for the use of deadly force from an “apparent” threat of death or harm to an “imminent” threat found in HF 01.

We expect the two sides will not find much to agree on and since the Republicans have made it clear they intend to adjourn Sine Die on Friday, Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) will need to call them back into Special Session later.

It looks like the election politics will be evident in all matters throughout the summer.

Senate Bonding Then and Now (2018 v 2020)

Minnesota Report

Two years ago, the Republican controlled State Senate brought forward it’s Capitol Investment Bill, which failed to pass on a party line vote of 34-33, seven votes short of the 2/3rds majority of 41 votes. What is interesting I what the Republicans agreed needed funding, and likely still do, but are not included in their newest proposal. Many of the projects for the University of Minnesota and the State University System (MNSCU) are not included, there is no funding at all included for the Departments of Education, Health or Human Services, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, and the list of road projects in the Department of Transportation are far different than two years ago.

The 2018 bill price tag was $825,000 million and the 2020 is $1.127,578 billion. The common understanding is the bill cost will be somewhere u pto 1,350,000 billion. Does this mean those projects which were agreed to as needed 24 months ago have magically repaired themselves?

The spreadsheet we have included provides the Governor’s position, the House position and the Senate position, so in some regard they were all on the same page then, but in disagreement in the final instance. But logic would dictate, the needs have not yet subsided, so it seems logical that the 2018 Senate position should be the starting point and then additional items of the new proposal should be added on and not replace the still unmet needs in these areas.

Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) and the House DFL leadership should be making this point very vociferously. Where did the 2018 priorities go? If it was necessary in 2018 what changed in 2020, or are we just going to add these items to the list of Deferred Maintenance Projects? Where is the consistency and where is the support for public facilities that are falling further and further into disrepair? Soon it will be better to tear down the building, close down the roads and bridges, rather than risk public safety.

If you would like to read the numbers in an Excel spread sheet you can do so here. Capitol Budget Comparative 2018-2020 Side by Side.


2018 Capital Budget  2020 Capital Budget
(all figures in thousands 000’s)  House  Senate (all dollar amounts shown in thousands) (changes in yellow) SF4 (SF3463-2E) SF4 A-3 AMENDMENT CHANGE
AGENCY  Total Requests  HF 4404 3E Passed 5/14/18  HF 4404 UE Failed to Pass 5/16/18 FUND AMOUNT FUND AMOUNT
Appropriation Title Gov’s Recs Revised
Rider within appropriation or Grant to Political Subdivision Rank Fund
Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) 1 GO            200,000                  250,000                     40,000                     65,000 2 Higher Education Asset Preservation & Replacement (HEAPR) GO 55,800 GO 65,800 10,000
Crookston Campus – Dowell Hall and Owen Hall GO                                  –                                  –                        3,200
Morris Campus – Humanities Building and Blakely Hall GO                                  –                                  –                        3,200
Greater MN Academic Renewal 2 GO               10,533                     10,533                     10,533                                  – 3 Twin Cities – Child Development Building Replacement GO 29,200 GO 29,200 0
Pillsbury Hall Capital Renewal 3 GO               24,000                     24,000                     24,000                     24,000
Glensheen Asset Preservation 4 GO                  4,000                        4,000                        4,000                                  – 4 [1] Non-HEAPR amounts shown are 2/3 of the project cost. The University finances the remaining 1/3.
Total – GO            238,533                  288,533                     78,533                     95,400 TOTAL 85,000 TOTAL 95,000 10,000
Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) 1 GO            130,000                  180,000                     40,000                     65,000 6 Higher Education Asset Preservation & Replacement (HEAPR) GO 85,000 GO 95,000 10,000
Bemidji State University – Academic Learning Center  Design and Renovation 2 GO/UF               22,512                     22,512                     22,512                     22,512
Rochester CTC – Memorial and Plaza Halls Demolition, Design, and Renovation 3 GO/UF               22,853                     22,853                     22,853                     22,853
MSU, Mankato – Clinical Sciences Phase 2 Design and Renovation 4 GO/UF                  6,478                        6,478                        6,478                        6,478
Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Nursing and Business Renovation, Design 5 GO/UF                       569                             569                             569                             569
Century College – Applied Technology Center, East Campus 6 GO/UF                  6,362                        6,362                        6,362                                  –
Normandale Community College – Classroom and Student Services Renovation 7 GO/UF               12,636                     12,636                     12,636                                  –
Minnesota State University Moorhead – Weld Hall Renovation, Design 8 GO/UF                       628                             628                             628                                  –
Inver Hills CC – Technology and Business Center Renovation, Design 9 GO/UF                       698                             698                             698                             698
Riverland CC – Industrial Center Design, Construction, and Renovation 10 GO/UF               10,122                     10,122                     10,122                                  –
Increase Access to Baccalaureate Education 11 GO/UF                  4,270                        4,270                                  –                                  –
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College –  Renovation 12 GO/UF                  1,157                        1,157                                  –                        1,157
Saint Paul College – Academic Excellence, Design 13 GO/UF                       995                             995                                  –                             995
Northland Community and Technical College – Renovation 14 GO/UF                  2,425                        2,425                                  –                                  –
Vermilion Community College – Classroom Building Renovation 15 GO/UF                  2,349                        2,349                                  –                                  –
Central Lakes College – Student Services and Academic Support Reno. 16 GO/UF                       455                             455                                  –                                  –
Total – UF               31,503                     31,503                     27,620                     18,422
Total – GO            193,006                  243,006                     95,239                  101,840
Total            224,509                  274,509                  122,858                  120,262 TOTAL 85,000 TOTAL 95,000 10,000
Library Construction Grants 2 GO                  2,500                        2,500                        2,000                        1,000
School Safety Grants GO                                  –                     25,000                                  –
Education – Grants to Political Subdivisions
ISD 38 (Red Lake) Facility Projects 1 MAX              14,492                    14,492                    14,492                    14,492
Cosmos ACG School GO                                 –                       5,000                                 –
Warroad School District – Northwest Angle School GF                                 –                            600                                 –
Warroad School District – Northwest Angle School GO                                 –                                 –                            700
Total – MAX Effort            157,410                     14,492                     14,492                     14,492
Total – GF                                  –                             600                                  –
Total – GO            315,980                        2,500                     32,000                        1,700
Total            473,391                     16,992                     47,092                     16,192
Safety and Security Building Corridor 1 GO                  5,300                        5,300                                  –                        3,500
Asset Preservation 2 GO                  4,520                        4,520                        2,000                        1,000 8 Asset Preservation GO 1,500 GO 2,000 500
MSA Dorm Renovations 3 GO                  3,900                        2,592                                  –                                  –
Track Project 4 GO                       800                             800                                  –                                  –
Total – GO               14,520                     13,212                        2,000                        4,500 TOTAL 1,500 TOTAL 2,000 500
GO 500 500
Asset Preservation 1 GO                  5,365                        4,000                                  –                             250 10 Asset Preservation
Total – GO                  5,365                        4,000                                  –                             250 TOTAL 0 TOTAL 500 500
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 11 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments)
 Asset Preservation 1 GO            130,000                  130,000                     30,000                     30,000 12 Asset Preservation GO 18,000 GO 19,000 1,000 0
 Acquisition and Betterment of Buildings 2 GO               20,000                     10,000                        6,000                                  –
 Improving Accessibility to State Parks and Recreation Areas 4 GO               20,000                     10,000                        2,000                             500 17 State Park and Recreation Area Accessibility GO 5,000 GO 5,000 0 0
Flood Hazard Mitigation 6 GO               20,000                     20,000                     20,000                     13,500 13 Flood Hazard Mitigation GO 18,000 GO 18,000 0 0
Flood Hazard – Program                    20,000                    20,000                       9,650 15 –Program 19,000 22,000 3,000 0
Thief River Falls / Red Lake Watershed District                                 –                                 –                       1,500 18 Forests for the Future GO 500 GO 700 200 0
Cedar River Watershed                                 –                                 –                       2,150
Afton / Levee Reconstruction                                 –                                 –                            200
Dam Repair/Reconstruction/Removal 7 GO                  2,000                        1,000                                  –                                  – 14 Dam Safety Repair, Reconstruction, & Removal GO 19,000 GO 22,000 3,000 0
Glendalough State Park GO                                  –                                  –                             750 19 Blazing Star Trail – Albert Lea to Hayward GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0 0
Lake Vermillion / Soudan State Park GO                                  –                                  –                        4,000 20 Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0 2,000
State Trails – Chester Woods GO                                  –                                  –                        2,500 21 Gitchi Gami State Trail GO 2,500 GO 2,500 0 -60,000
State Trails – Blufflands Harmony to Iowa GO                                  –                        1,500                             200 22 Heartland State Trail – Various Segments GO 3,000 GO 3,000 0 0
State Trails – Mill Towns GO                                  –                                  –                             500 23 Itasca State Park Connection to Heartland Trail GO 2,800 GO 2,800 0 0
State Trails – Shooting Star GO                                  –                                  –                             250 24 Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park GO 5,800 GO 5,800 0 0
Parks and Trails Local and Regional Grant Program 8 GO                  2,000                                  –                                  –                                  –
Departments of Natural Resources – Grants to Political Subdivisions Department of Natural Resources – Grants to Political Subdivisions
City of Babbit – Recreation Area GO                                  –                                  –                        1,300 25 City of Lakeville – Orchard Lake Improvement GO 260 GO 260 0 0
City of Cohasset – Trail GO                                  –                        1,000                                  – 26 City of Mankato – Riverbank Stabilization GO 4,000 GO 6,000 2,000 0
City of Elk River – Lake Orono GO                        1,500 27 Scott County – McMahon Lake Flood Mitigation GO 600 GO 600 0 0
City of Grand Marais – Water Access Project GO                                  –                                  –                        2,300 28 Saint Louis County – Voyageurs ATV Trail GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0 0
City of LaCrescent – Wagon Wheel Trail GO                                  –                                  –                        2,500 29 City of Winona – Mississippi Riverfront Trail GO 2,000 GO 2,000 0 0
Mille Lacs-Malmo East ATV loop GO                                  –                        1,500                                  –
Olmsted County – Lake Zumbro Sedimentation Removal GO                                  –                                  –                             640
Saint Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority – Mesabi Trail GO                                  –                                  –                        1,138
City of Stillwater – Saint Crox Riverbank Restoration GO                                  –                                  –                        1,650
Total – GO            194,000                  171,000                     63,500                     61,728 TOTAL 84,460 TOTAL 90,660 6,200 6,500
 POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY 30 POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY (shaded rows = grants to specified local units of government)
31 Capital Assistance Program – Clay County Transfer Station Expansion GO 7,000 GO 8,500 1,500 0
Waste Disposal Engineering Closed Landfill Program 1 GO                  6,000                        6,000                        6,000                        6,000 32 Capital Assistance Program – Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center Expansion GO 8,000 8,000 0
Freeway Closed Landfill Program 2 GO               52,763                     52,763                                  –                                  – 33 Capital Assistance Program – Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Campus Expansion GO 6,000 6,000 0
Organics Infrastructure Capital Assistance Program 7 GO                  5,000                        5,000                                  –                                  – 34 Capital Assistance Program – Todd County Transfer Station Expansion GO 4,000 4,000 0
 Grants to Political Subdivisions 35 Capital Assistance Program – Dakota/Scott County Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Facility GO 7,000 GO 7,000 0 0
 Becker County – Solid Waste Facility GO                                  –                                  –                             750 0
 Clay County – Resource Recovery Center GO                                  –                             500                                  – 62,000
 Otter Tail County – Recycling Center GO                                  –                                  –                        3,100 0
 City of Redwood Falls – Lake Redwood reclamation GO                                  –                        7,300                        7,825
Total – GO               63,763                     63,763                     13,800                     17,675 TOTAL 14,000 TOTAL 33,500 19,500 0
Reinvest in Minnesota – CREP 1 GO               30,000                     30,000                     10,000                     10,000 38 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0 0
Local Government Roads Wetlands Replacement Program 2 GO               16,380                        5,000                        5,000                        5,000 37 Local Government Roads Wetland Replacement Program GO 18,000 GO 18,000 0 0
BWSR Grants to Political Subdivisions
City of South St. Paul – Seidl’s lake GO                             781                                  –
Minnesota River Basin Area II GO                                 –                                 –                            700
Total – GO               46,380                     35,000                     15,781                     15,700 TOTAL 19,000 TOTAL 19,000 0 0
MDA|MDH Laboratory Building Infrastructure Improvements 1 GO               19,901                     19,901                                  –                        4,000 40 MDA/MDH Joint Laboratory GO 20,000 GO 20,000 0 0
MDA|MDH Laboratory Building Infrastructure Improvements 1 GF                       720                             720                                  –                                  –
Laboratory Capital Equipment 3 GF                  1,041                        1,041                                  –                                  –
Total – GO               19,901                     19,901                                  –                        4,000
Total – GF                  1,761                        1,761                                  –                                  –
Total               21,662                     21,662                                  –                        4,000
Rural Finance Authority Loans 2 UF               20,000                     20,000                     35,000                     35,000 TOTAL 20,000 TOTAL 20,000 0 0
Revitalize the Zoo 1 GO               21,000                     21,000                                  –                                  –
Asset Preservation 2 GO               13,750                     13,750                     10,000                        3,000 42 Asset Preservation GO 1,500 GO 3,000 1,500 0
Total – GO               34,750                     34,750                     10,000                        3,000 TOTAL 1,500 TOTAL 3,000 1,500 0
44 Capital Asset Preservation and Replacement Account (CAPRA) GO 4,000 GO 5,000 1,000 0
Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund 3 GF               10,000                        3,000                                  –                                  – 45 Capitol Complex Secruity Upgrades – Phase 2 (General Obligation Bonds) GO 2,500 2,500 0
Centennial Office Building Repair and Renovation 5 GO                  3,165                        3,165                                  –                                  – 46 Mayo Memorial on State Capitol Grounds GO 250 GO 250 0 0
Capitol Complex Monument Repairs 6 GO                  3,200                        3,200                        1,000                                  –
Capitol Complex Security Upgrades 7 GO               24,346                     24,346                     10,000                                  –
Capitol Complex Security Upgrades 7 GF                  9,135                        9,135
Statewide CAPRA 10 GO                  5,000                        5,000                        5,000                        5,000
Total – GF               19,135                     12,135                                  –                                  –
Total – GO               35,711                     35,711                     16,000                        5,000
Total               54,846                     47,846                     16,000                        5,000 TOTAL 4,250 TOTAL 7,750 3,500 0
48 Asset Preservation – National Sports Center GO 800 GO 837 37
National Sports Center 1 GO                  5,030                        2,500                                  –                                  – 49 National Sports Center Field Development/Maintenance Facility GO 2,500 GO 3,000 500
NSC Asset Preservation 3 GO                  1,497                        1,497                                  –                        1,000
Total – GO                  6,527                        3,997                                  –                        1,000 TOTAL 3,300 TOTAL 3,837 537 0
52 Rosemount Readiness Center – Design GO 1,100 GO 1,100 0
St Cloud RC 1 GO                  4,450                        4,450                        4,450                        4,450 53 Marshall Readiness Center – Renovation/Addition GO 3,000 GO 3,000 0
Wadena Readiness Center 2 GO                  2,157                        2,157                                  –                        2,157 54 Fergus Falls Readiness Center – Renovation GO 2,000 GO 2,000 0
Brainerd Readiness Center 3 GO                  4,143                        4,143                                  –                        4,143 55 Camp Ripley Military Museum GO 13,000 GO 13,000 0
Grand Rapids Readiness Center 4 GO                  2,126                        2,126                                  –                        2,126
Rosemount Readiness Center 5 GO               10,507                     10,507                                  –                                  –
Fergus Falls Readiness Center 6 GO                  2,195                        2,195                                  –                                  –
Total – GO               25,578                     25,578                        4,450                     12,876 TOTAL 19,100 TOTAL 19,100 0
PUBLIC SAFETY 56 PUBLIC SAFETY (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments)
58 Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – Maryland Building Improvements GO 1,000 1,000
Public Safety Grants to Political Subdivisions 59 City of Chisholm – Public Safety Facility GO 2,200 2,200
City of Cottage Grove – HERO Center GO                                  –                        9,900                                  – 61 City of Edina – South Metro Public Safety Training Facility GO 1,500 1,500
Dakota County – Regional Public Safety Center GO                                  –                        6,600                                  – 63 City of Virginia – Regional Public Safety Facility GO 7,390 GO 7,390 0
City of Marshall – MERIT Center GO                                  –                        6,000                                  –
TOTAL 7,390 TOTAL 12,090 4,700
Total – GO                            –                                  –                     22,500                                  – 64 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (shaded rows = grants to specified local units of government)
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 65 Local Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Program TF 25,000 TF 25,000
66 Local Road Improvement Program TF 80,000 TF 80,000
Local Road Improvement Fund Grants 9 GO/TF            100,000                                  –                     90,721                     65,800 67 Railroad Warning Devices Replacement GO 1,000 GO 1,000
Local Road Program Undesignated                                  –                     62,121                     60,000 68 Safe Routes to School Program (General Obligation Bonds) GO 2,000 GO 2,000
Carver County – Highway 101 Realignment                                  –                        9,000                                  – 69 Rail Service Improvement Program (MRSI) GO 3,000 GO 3,000
City of Dayton – Brockton Interchange                                  –                     13,500                                  – 70 Port Development Assistance Program GO 3,000 GO 3,000
City of Inver Grove Heights – Argenta Trail 70th Street Expansion                                  –                        6,100                        5,800 71 Township Road Improvement Grant Program GO 8,000 GO 8,000
Local Bridge Replacement Program GO/TF                                  –                                  –                     15,000 72 Greater Minnesota Transit Capital Program GO 2,000
Stone Arch Bridge 2 GO               12,968                     12,968                                  –                                  – 74 State Road Construction THB 110,000 THB 50,000
State Plane Purchase 10 GF                  9,000                        9,000                                  –                                  – 75 Akeley Township – TH 64 Bridge THB 2,400 THB 2,400
Port Development Assistance GO                                  –                        6,000                        5,000 76 Albert Lea – Flood Mitigation TH 65 THB 2,172 THB 2,172
Safe Routes to School GO                                  –                                  –                        1,000 77 Albertville to Monticello – I-94 Widening THB 60,000 THB 60,000
Trunk Highway Corridor GO and Trunk Highway Bonding 78 Anoka – TH 47 Rail Grade Separation THB 10,000 THB 10,000
Corridors of Commerce THB                                  –                  145,000                                  – 79 Chanhassen – TH 41 Roundabout THB 1,500 THB 1,500
Trunk Highway-Rail Grade Separations THB                                  –                     75,000                                  – 80 Chisago County – Highway 8 25,000 25,000
Facilities Capital Improvement Program 5 THB               40,000                     40,000                     30,000                                  – 81 –General Obligation Bonds GO 10,000 GO 10,000
Brooklyn Park – Highway 169/101st Avenue Interchange GO/TF                                  –                                  –                        4,000 82 –Trunk Highway Bonds THB 15,000 THB 15,000
Brooklyn Park – Highway 169/101st Avenue Interchange THB                                  –                                  –                     12,800 83 Cromwell – TH73 Realignment THB 12,550 THB 12,550
Chisago County – Highway 8 Reconstruction GO/TF                                  –                                  –                        3,000 84 Duluth – TH 23 Mission Creek Bridge THB 4,500 THB 4,500
Chisago County – Highway 8 Reconstruction THB                                  –                                  –                        4,500 85 Henderson – TH 93/169 Reconstruction 22,100 22,100
Dodge County – Highway 14 Widening (CSAH 3 to existing four-lane) THB THB                                  –                                  –                     68,900 86 –General Obligation Bonds GO 1,800 GO 1,800
Foley – Highway 23 Safety Improvements THB                                  –                                  –                        1,200 87 –Trunk Highway Bonds THB 20,300 THB 20,300
Railroad Crossing Separation on TH 29 in Pope County THB                                  –                     10,500                     10,500 88 Jenkins and Pine River – TH 371 THB 45,000 THB 45,000
Steele /Dodge County – Highway 14 Widening (Co. Road 16 to CSAH 3) THB                                  –                                  –                     68,500 89 Medina – TH 55 THB 4,500 THB 4,500
Steele /Dodge County – Highway 14 Widening (Co. Road 180 to Co. Road 16) THB                                  –                                  –                     37,200 90 Moorhead Rail Grade Separation THB 62,000
Trunk Highway Debt Service THF                                  –                                  –                        2,078 91 Norwood Young America to Cologne – US 212 Expansion THB 38,000 THB 38,000
Department of Transportation Grants to Political Subdivisions 92 Olmsted County – Highway 14/County Road 104 Interchange 25,600 25,600
Carver County – Highway 101 Realignment THB                                  –                                  –                        9,000 93 –General Obligation Bonds GO 6,000 GO 6,000
Hennepin County CSAH 9 & I-494 Bridge (Rockford Road) GO/TF                                  –                        5,360                        4,860 94 –Trunk Highway Bonds THB 19,600 THB 19,600
Hennepin County CSAH 9 & I-494 Bridge (Rockford Road) THB                                  –                        5,360                        4,860 95 Pope County – TH 55/TH 29 Interchange THB 3,000 THB 3,000
City of Mankato – Highway 169 Levee Reconstruction THB                                  –                                  –                        1,660 96 Wadena – TH 10 Widening THB 50,000 THB 50,000
City of Wadena – Highway 10 Environmental Cleanup GO                                  –                                  –                        5,000 97 Airport Development Grants GO 11,400 GO 11,400
City of Becker – Industrial Park Improvements GO/TF                                  –                                  –                        3,300 99 –Rochester 11,400 11,400
City of Rochester – Bus Garage GO                                  –                                  –                        2,500 100 Anoka County – CSAH 12/TH 65 Grade Separations TF 1,500 TF 1,500
City of Rogers – Pedestrian/Bike Bridge GO                                  –                                  –                        2,000 101 Anoka County – US10/US169 Interchanges TF 8,500 TF 8,500
Town of Wakefield – Wakefield/Luxembourg 200th Street GO/TF                                  –                                  –                             600 103 City of Maple Grove/Hennepin County – Highway 610 Improvements TF 15,000 TF 15,000
City of Goodview – Goodview/Minnesota City Railroad Crossing Quiet Zone GO                                  –                                  –                             330 104 Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority GO 13,000 GO 13,000
Cities of Loretto/Medina/Wayzata – Rail Crossing Safety Improvements GO                                  –                        1,200                        1,200 105 City of Oak Park Heights – 60th Street Realignment TF 795 TF 795
Minnesota Commercial Railway Company – Rice Creek Bridge GO                                  –                                  –                        1,000 106 City of Red Wing – Rail Grade Separation TF 10,500 TF 10,500 0
City of Moorhead – 21st Street South Rail Grade Separation GO                                  –                                  –                        7,000 107 Ramsey County – I-35/County Road J Interchange TF 1,500 TF 1,500 0
Ramsey County – Railroad Separation BNSF GO                                  –                        1,000                        1,000 109 City of Rogers – I-94 Pedestrian Overpass TF 2,200 TF 2,200 0
City of Rosemount – Bonaire Path Railroad Quiet Zone GO                                  –                                  –                        1,000 110 City of Saint Paul – 3rd Street/Kellogg Bridge TF 50,000 TF 50,000 0
City of Virginia – Highway 53 Public Utilities GF                        5,400                                  – 111 City of Sartell – Road Improvements TF 4,500 TF 4,500 0
112 Scott County – TH 13/Dakota Avenue TF 5,269 TF 5,269 0
Total – GO               12,968                     12,968                        8,200                     22,030 113 Sibley County – CSAH 6 TF 15,000 TF 15,000 0
Total – GF                  9,000                     14,400                                  –                                  – 114 City of Thief River Falls – Airport Improvements GO 6,450 GO 6,450 0
Total – THB               40,000                     40,000                  265,860                  224,120 115 Washington County – TH36/CSAH 15 (Manning Avenue) Interchange 4,478 4,478 0
Total – THF                                  –                                  –                        2,078 116 –General Obligation Bonds TF 3,000 TF 3,000 0
Total – GO / TF (Transportation Fund is GO Debt) #REF!                                  –                     96,081                     96,560 117 –Trunk Highway Bonds THB 1,478 THB 1,478 0
Total #REF!                     67,368                  370,141                  344,788 118 Washington County – 4th Street Bridge over I-94 GO 2,500 2,500
119 METROPOLITAN COUNCIL (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments)
Heywood II Bus Garage GO               50,000                     50,000                                  –                                  – 120 Inflow & Infiltration Grant Program GO 5,000 GO 5,000 0
Regional Parks and Trails Grant Program GO               15,000                                  –                     10,000                     10,000 121 Regional Parks and Trails Capital Improvements GO 4,000 GO 5,000 1,000
Busway, Bus Guideway and Express Bus Development Program GO               50,000                     50,000                                  –                                  – 122 Busway/Bus Rapid Transit Capital Improvement GO 12,000 12,000
Inflow and Infiltration Grant Program GO                  9,500                        5,000                        5,000                        3,000 123 Carver County – Lake Waconia Regional Park GO 2,500 GO 2,500 0
Metropolitan Council Grants to Political Subdivisions 124 Dakota County – Veterans Memorial Greenway GO 3,000 3,000
Carver County – Lake Waconia Park GO                                  –                                  –                        2,500 125 Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board – Overlook & Access Point (26th Avenue North) GO 3,000 3,000
City of Loretto – Water Connection GO                                  –                                  –                             400 127 Human Services (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments) TOTAL 22,115 TOTAL 26,615 4,500
City of New Hope – 50 meter Pool GO                                  –                        2,000                        2,000 128 Asset Preservation GO 8,000 GO 8,000 0
City of St. Paul – Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary GO                                  –                                  –                        3,000 130 Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services (CABHS) Large Motor Activity & Ancillary Space GO 1,750 GO 1,750 0
City of St. Paul – Wakan Tipi Center GO                                  –                        3,000                                  – 131 Regional Mental Health Crisis Center Grants GO 11,000 GO 11,000 0
White Bear Lake Trail GO                                  –                                  –                        4,400 132 City of Saint Louis Park – Perspectives Family Center Improvements GO 4,500 4,500
133 Saint Louis County – Behavioral Health Crisis Facility GO 1,365 GO 1,365 0
Total – GO            124,500                  105,000                     20,000                     25,300 TOTAL 11,500 TOTAL 30,500 19,000
MSOP St. Peter Phase II 1 GO               16,196                     16,196                                  –                        8,000
St. Peter Dietary Building HVAC and Electrical Replacement 2 GO                  2,200                        2,200                        2,200                        2,200
Anoka Roof and HVAC Replacement 3 GO                  6,750                        6,750                        6,750                                  –
Asset Preservation 4 GO               18,619                     18,619                     10,000                                  –
Anoka Admissions Redesign 5 GO                  5,790                        5,790                                  –                                  –
MSOP Secure Assisted Housing 6 GO               13,882                     13,882                                  –                                  –
Mental Health Crisis Centers GO                                  –                     25,100                     30,000
Dept. of Human Services Grants to Political Subdivisions
Hennepin County – Regional Medical Examiner’s Facility GO                                  –                                  –                     16,114
City of Minneapolis – Family Partnership GO                                  –                     10,000                                  –
Scott County – Crisis Center GO                                  –                        1,900                                  –
White Earth Tribe – Opioid Center GF                                  –                             900                                  –
Total – GO                     55,950                     56,314
Total – GF                             900                                  –
Total               63,437                     63,437                     56,850                     56,314
Public Health Lab Capital Equipment 1 GF                  2,327                        2,327                                  –                                  –
Total – GF                  2,327                        2,327                                  –                                  –
135 Asset Preservation GO 9,000 GO 9,000 0
Asset Preservation 1 GO               13,124                     13,124                     10,000                        9,000 136 Greenhouse at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls GO 100 GO 100 0
New Veterans Homes – Bemidji GO                                  –                                  –                     12,400 137 Martin County – Veterans Memorial GO 400 GO 400 0
New Veterans Homes – Bemidji (1) GF                                  –                     10,000                                  –
New Veterans Homes – Montevideo GO                                  –                                  –                        9,400
New Veterans Homes – Montevideo (1) GF                                  –                        6,000                                  –
New Veterans Homes – Preston GO                                  –                                  –                     10,200
New Veterans Homes – Preston (1) GF                                  –                     10,000                                  –
Total – GO                     13,124                     10,000                     41,000
Total – GF                     26,000                                  –
Total               17,778                     13,124                     36,000                     41,000 TOTAL 9,500 TOTAL 9,500 0
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 138 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments)
139 Asset Preservation GO 15,000 GO 18,000 3,000
Asset Preservation 1 GO               40,000                     40,000                     20,000                        4,000 140 St. Cloud Correctional Facility Interior Perimeter Fence GO 2,700 GO 2,700 0
Lino Lakes Building E Renovation 2 GO                  5,200                        5,200                                  –                                  – 141 Prairie Lake Youth Joint Powers Board – School & Recreation Center GO 1,670 GO 2,500 830
Willow River Expansion for Challenge Incarceration Program 3 GO                  1,700                        1,700                                  –                        2,000
Saint Cloud Plumbing and Ventilation Upgrades 4 GO               16,200                     16,200                                  –                     16,200
Saint Cloud Interior Perimeter Fence Phase 2 5 GO                  2,700                                  –                        2,700                                  –
Moose Lake Control Room Renovation 7 GO                  1,950                                  –                        1,950                                  –
Stillwater 96 Bed Minimum Security Unit 10 GO               14,400                                  –                                  –                                  –
Red Wing 96 Bed Minimum Security Unit 11 GO               15,900                                  –                                  –                                  –
Total – GO               98,050                     63,100                     24,650                     22,200 TOTAL 19,370 TOTAL 23,200 3,830
EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 142 EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (shaded rows = grants to specified local governments)
143 Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Program GO 12,000 GO 12,000 0
Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) 1 GO                  3,000                                  –                        3,000                        8,000 144 Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) Program GO 1,500 GO 1,500 0
Transportation Economic Development 2 GO               10,000                        5,000                        4,000                        4,000 145 City of Alexandria – Runestone Community Center Expansion GO 5,600 GO 5,600 0
Innovative Business Development Infrastructure (IBDPI) 3 GO                  2,000                                  –                        2,000                        1,000 146 City of Annandale – Public Infrastructure GO 4,181 GO 4,181 0
Employment and Economic Development Grants to Political Subdivisions 147 City of Becker – Business Park Public Infrastructure GO 24,160 GO 24,160 0
Austin – Public Television GO                                  –                        2,850                                  – 148 City of Champlin – Mississippi Point Park Improvements GO 3,100 GO 3,100 0
City of Brooklyn Park – Second Harvest Food Bank GO                                  –                     18,000                     18,000 149 Chatfield Economic Development Authority – Center for the Arts Phase 3 GO 7,700 GO 7,700 0
Centra Healthcare Systems – Wellness Center GF 150 City of Crookston – Colborn Property Development GO 895 GO 895 0
City of Duluth – Harbor Seawall GO                                  –                                  –                        5,000 151 City of Deephaven – Northome Avenue Bridge GO 750 GO 750 0
City of Duluth – Superior Street Steam Project GF                                  –                        6,900 152 City of Duluth – Seawall Infrastructure GO 5,000 GO 5,000 0
City of Fergus Falls – Regional Treatment Center Demolition GO                                  –                                  –                        3,500 153 City of Grand Rapids – Itasca Recreation Association (IRA) Civic Center GO 5,488 GO 5,488 0
Goodhue County – Historical Society Museum GO                                  –                                  –                             616 154 Hennepin County – AVIVO Campus GO 1,700 1,700
Hennepin County – Children’s Theatre GO                                  –                        1,000                                  – 155 Hennepin County – Firefighters for Healing Housing GO 3,000 3,000
Hennepin County – Regional Employment Center GO                                  –                                  –                        1,660 156 City of Hibbing – Mine View “Windows to the World” GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0
Itasca County – Radio Infrastructure GO                                  –                             514                                  – 157 City of Lake City – Blufflands State Trail and Lake Pepin Improvements GO 2,670 GO 2,670 0
City of Jackson – Memorial Park Redevelopment GO                                  –                             290                                  – 158 City of Minneapolis – Central City Storm Tunnel GO 6,000 GO 11,000 5,000
City of Litchfield – Opera House GF                                  –                             100                                  – 159 City of Minneapolis – Indian Health Board Behavioral Health Center GO 1,000 1,000
City of Minneapolis – Upper Mississippi GO                                  –                     15,000                     12,000 160 City of Minneapolis – Little Earth of United Tribes Early Learning Center GO 1,500 1,500
Minneapolis American Indian Center GF                                  –                        5,000                                  – 161 City of New Ulm – German Park Amphitheater GO 300 300
City of Perham – School Repurposing GO                                  –                                  –                        4,400 162 City of Orono – Big Island Park GO 300 300
Pipestone County – Dental Center GO                                  –                             500 163 Pipestone County – Dental Facility GO 250 GO 250 0
Polk County – North County Food Bank GO                                  –                        3,000                        3,000 164 City of Plymouth – Plymouth Creek Center GO 5,000 GO 5,000 0
Ramsey County – Landmark Center Restrooms GO                                  –                                  –                             350 166 City of Saint Cloud – Municipal Athletic Complex Expansion/Renovation GO 12,000 GO 12,000 0
City of Rosemount – Family Resource Center GO                                  –                                  –                             450 172 Saint Paul Port Authority – Minnesota Museum of American Art GO 2,000 GO 2,000 0
City of Silver Bay – Black Beach Campground GO                                  –                        1,765                                  – 173 Steele County – Fairgrounds Electrical Improvements GO 750 GO 750 0
City of St. Paul – Conway Center GO                                  –                        4,500                                  – 174 City of Wadena – Access Road GO 1,300 1,300
City of St. Paul – MN Humanities Center GO                                  –                        2,700                        1,000 175 White Bear Lake Communities – Lake Links Trail GO 4,000 GO 4,000 0
City of St. Paul – Minnesota Museum of American Art GO                                  –                        2,500                                  – 176 Wright County – Dental Center GO 1,000 GO 1,000 0
City of Saint Paul – RiverCentre Parking Ramp GO                                  –                                  –                        5,000
City of Saint Paul – Southeast Asian Language Job Training Facility GO                                  –                                  –                        5,500
City of Wabasha – Eagle Center GO                     10,000                        8,100                        8,100
City of Waite Park – Amphitheater Park Project GO                                  –                        5,000                        5,000
Total – GF                            –                                  –                     12,000                                  –
Total – GO                            –                     15,000                     74,719                     86,576
Total                            –                     15,000                     86,719                     86,576 TOTAL 105,044 TOTAL 119,144 14,100
178 State Match for Federal Grants to State Revolving Loan Programs GO 17,800 GO 25,000 7,200
State Matching Funds for USEPA Capitalization Grants 1 GO               25,000                     25,000                     20,000                     20,000 179 Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG) GO 51,253 GO 51,253 0
Water Infrastructure Fund 2 GO               80,000                     80,000                     55,000                     37,150 180 Water Infrastructure Funding Program (WIF) GO 63,840 GO 63,840 0
Water Infrastructure – Clean Water Program                                  –                     25,000                     27,150 181 –Clean Water Infrastructure 38,304 38,304 0
Water Infrastructure – Clean Water – Grant to City of Albertville                                  –                        2,000                                  – 182 –Drinking Water Infrastructure 25,536 25,536 0
Water Infrastructure – Clean Water – Grant to City of Windom                                  –                        3,000                                  – 183 City of Albertville – Wastewater Project GO 2,500 GO 2,500 0
Water Infrastructure – Drinking Water                                  –                     25,000                     10,000 185 City of Austin – Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements GO 12,000 12,000
Water Infrastructure Initiative: Point Source implementation Grants 3 GO               62,000                     62,000                     45,000                     32,000 186 City of Bemidji – Wastewater Treatment Plant GO 8,188 GO 8,188 0
Public Facilities Authority Grants to Political Subdivisions 187 City of Buhl – Water Infrastructure GO 2,000 GO 2,000 0
City of Arden Hills – Water Main GO                                  –                                  –                             500 188 City of Floodwood – Wastewater Treatment Improvements GO 1,200 GO 1,200 0
City of Aurora – Multicity Water Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                        4,000 189 City of Foley – Wastewater Infrastructure GO 3,000 GO 3,000 0
City of Big Lake – Wastewater Treatment Facility GO                                  –                                  –                        1,000 190 City of Manhomen – Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements GO 1,900 GO 1,900 0
City of Cold Spring – Water Treatment Facility GO                                  –                                  –                        4,500 191 –Water Infrastructure 650 650 0
City of Currie – Water Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                        3,000 192 –Wastewater Infrastructure 1,250 1,250 0
City of Glencoe – Wastewater Treatment Center GO                        3,000 193 City of Melrose – Infrastructure GO 3,500 3,500
Cities of Keewatin/Nashwauk – Multicity Water Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                             850 194 City of Oronoco – Wastewater Infrastructure GO 24,027 GO 24,027 0
City of Oronoco – Wastewater Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                        3,100 196 Red Rock Rural Water System – Infrastructure GO 5,750 GO 5,750 0
City of Saint James – Storm water Retention Pond GO                                  –                                  –                        3,000 197 City of Royalton – Clean Water and Storm Sewer GO 900 900
City of Waldorf – Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                        1,900 199 City of South Haven – Wells GO 1,700 GO 1,700 0
City of Windom – Wastewater Treatment Facility GO                                  –                                  –                        3,000 200 Twin Lakes Township – Water Infrastructure GO 9,000 GO 9,000 0
City of Winnebago – Water Infrastructure GO                                  –                                  –                        3,000 201 City of Vernon Center – Water Infrastructure Improvements GO 7,984 GO 7,984 0
202 City of Waldorf – Water Infrastructure Project GO 858 GO 858 0
Total – GO            167,000                  167,000                  120,000                  120,000 TOTAL 201,000 TOTAL 224,600 23,600
206 Minnesota Housing Finance Authority
Public Housing Rehabilitation GO               30,000                     15,000                     10,000                        5,000 207 Public Housing Rehabilitation GO 2,000 GO 4,000 2,000
Total – GO               30,000                     15,000                     10,000                        5,000 TOTAL 2,000 TOTAL 4,000 2,000
209 Asset Preservation GO 1,500 GO 1,700 200
Fort Snelling Visitor Center 1 GO               30,000                     30,000                     30,000                     10,000 210 County & Local Historic Preservation Grants GO 500 GO 500 0
Historic Sites Asset Preservation 2 GO               10,388                     10,388                     10,000                        4,000
Total – GO               40,388                     40,388                     40,000                     14,000 TOTAL 2,000 TOTAL 2,200 200
New Water Line Infrastructure 2 GO                  1,900                        1,900                                  –                                  –
Total – GO                  1,900                        1,900                                  –                                  –
Estimated Bond Sale Expenses (Estimate) GO                            –                        1,478                             890                             894 212 Bond Sale Expenses – General Obligation Bonds GO 1,000 GO 1,130 130
Estimated Bond Sale Expenses (Estimate) THB                            –                                40                             270                             207 213 Bond Sale Expenses – Trunk Highway Bonds THB 400 THB 400 0
Total – GO                            –                        1,478                             890                             894
Total – THB                            –                                40                             270                             207
Total                            –                        1,518                        1,160                        1,101 TOTAL 1,400 TOTAL 1,530 130
MHFA – Non Profit Housing Infrastructure Appropriations Bonds APPROP            100,000                  100,000                     50,000                     30,000
MHFA –  Housing Infrastructure For Persons with Behavioral Health Needs APPROP            100,000                                  –                                  –                     50,000
University of Minnesota Clinical Research Facility Predesign APPROP                     10,000                                  –                                  –
Total APPROP            100,000                  110,000                     50,000                     80,000
Total – General Obligation (Excludes TF, Max Effort)              1,439,346                  718,212                  717,983
Total – GO / TF (Transportation Fund is GO Debt)                                  –                     96,081                     96,560
Total – User Financing                     51,503                     62,620                     53,422
Total – MAX School Effort                     14,492                     14,492                     14,492
Total – General Fund                     30,623                     39,500                                  –
Total – Trunk Highway Bonding                     41,478                  266,130                  224,327
Total – Trunk Highway Fund (House Trunk Highway Debt Service in Article 2)                                  –                        2,466                        2,078
Total – Appropriations Bonds                  110,000                     50,000                     80,000
Total              1,687,442              1,249,501              1,188,862
General Fund Supported GO Debt (GO + TF + MAX)              1,439,346                  828,785                  829,035
Principal Needed for Bond Sale (GO + TF + MAX + UF)              1,490,849                  891,405                  882,457
Bond Sale Authorization (GO + UF)              1,490,849                  780,832                  771,405
GO Cancellations                                 –                     (4,035)                     (4,035)
Total GO Impact              1,439,346                  824,750                  825,000
215 1/2/2020 16A.642 Cancellation Report (General Obligation Bonds) GO -2,662 GO -2,662 0
216 1/2/2020 16A.642 Cancellation Report (Trunk Highway Bonds) THB -1,107 THB -1,107 0
217 2018 – City of St. Paul – Rivercentre Parking Ramp GO -5,000 GO -5,000 0
(all dollar amounts shown in thousands) (changes in yellow) SF4 (SF3463-2E) SF4 A-3 AMENDMENT CHANGE
218 Total Appropriations TOTAL 1,406,843 TOTAL 1,537,640 130,797
219 General Obligation Bonds GO 783,679 GO 912,476 128,797
220 State Transportation Fund TF 222,764 TF 222,764 0
221 Trunk Highway Bonds THB 400,400 THB 402,400 2,000
222 Net Trunk Highway Bonds (includes cancellations) THB 399,293 THB 401,293 2,000
223 Net General Fund Supported Debt (GO + TF + Cancellations) 998,781 1,127,578 128,797
224 Debt Service Schedule (amounts compared to February 2020 Forecasted Base) 0
225 General Obligation Debt Service 0
226 FY 2020 GF 0 GF 0 0
227 FY 2021 GF 3,794 GF 5,798 2,004
228 FY20/21 Biennium GF 3,794 GF 5,798 2,004
229 FY 2022 GF 11,717 GF 17,908 6,191
230 FY 2023 GF 18,874 GF 28,845 9,971
231 FY 22/23 Biennium GF 30,591 GF 46,753 16,162
232 Trunk Highway Bond Debt Service* 0
233 FY 2020 THF 0 THF 0 0
234 FY 2021 THF 4,632 THF 4,655 23
235 FY20/21 Biennium THF 4,632 THF 4,655 23
236 FY 2022 THF 19,340 THF 19,437 97
237 FY 2023 THF 32,170 THF 32,331 161
238 FY 22/23 Biennium THF 51,510 THF 51,768 258
239 *Article 2, Section 11 also reduces the FY21 appropriaitons for MNDoT agency services, and MNDoT buildings, from the trunk highway fund, by $7m each.

Political Party and Caucus Campaign Finance Reports for Q1 2020

Minnesota Report

The Q1 filings for the different parties and caucuses are in and as it is our tradition we compile them for your perusal.

DFL Party (MN DFL Central Committee)

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Republican Party of Minn

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Total debt of committee


Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party

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Total debt of committee


Legal Marijuana Now Party

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DFL House Caucus

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Total debt of committee


DFL Senate Caucus

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Republican House Caucus (HRCC)

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Republican Senate Caucus (Senate Victory Fund)

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Three Senate DFLers Support Ending Governor Walz Peacetime Emergency

Minnesota Report

Today, both the House and Senate have taken up a Concurrent Resolution SC1 to end Governor Ttim Walz’s (DFL-MN)  Peacetime Emergency Order. The issue is being debated on the floor of the House at this moment and it passed the senate on a 38-29 vote with DFL Senators Kent Eken (DFL-04, Twin Valley), Melissa Franzen (DFL-49, Edina) John Hoffman (DFL-36, Champlin) voting in favor.

We expect the issue will fail in the house and will likely fall close to party lines.

Mayo Clinic Challenging Trump’s Push of Malaria Drugs

Minnesota Report The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has released a medical advisory in direct response to Donald J Trump's (R) call of the use of hydroxychloroquine and erythromycin.Guidance on patients at risk of drug-induced sudden cardiac death from off-label...

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Page

Minnesota Report On Friday, Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) along with Commissioner Jan Malcolm released the State of Minnesota’s comprehensive COVID-19 page on the Department of Health’s Website. Additionally, the MN House also has a page which provides more and...

Trump’s Continued Call for Hydroxychloroquine

National Report In spite of not having scientific support for his position Donald J Trump (R) continues to put forward his contention that the use of Hydroxychloroquine a drug for Malaria and Lupus and Erythromycin a drug for bacterial infections as a panacea to the...

Walz Executive Orders During Pandemic

Minnesota Report As we are in the midst of the second week of the Stay at Home Executive Order 20-20 more orders are coming from Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) to stipulate what options are available to our state’s citizens. Today, Executive Order 20-25 Authorizing Peace...

The Coming of the Four Horsemen

If you want to be memorable in Minnesota State Capitol politics it is good if you are referred to as something other than your name. It is often helpful when a term or a phrase can be applied to your, group, issue or initiative. If you want to be known as something...

NPR Censors Opposition Comments on RCV

The NPR show 1A ran a program on Ranked Choice Voting today, and Checks & Balances Publisher Shawn Towle sought a spot on the panel. When called back by producer Andi McDaniel he was informed the panel was full but could submit a comment through the voicemail...

Legislative Return/Special Session 2020

Minnesota Report We are hearing the legislature will likely be recalled for Special Session June 12th, which is just before Governor Tim Walz’ (DFL-MN) last peacetime emergency declaration is set to expire. In order to declare another one, he will need to receive...

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Alcohol From Restaurant to You

Minnesota Report  The House and the Senate have agreed to allow alcohol sales to be purchased from restaurants, during the COVID-19 crisis, but only beer and wine. The problem with this is with liquor stores still open the cost will be higher without an added benefit,...

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Caution is the Best Medicine

Minnesota Report As Donald J Trump (R) continues to discuss his preparation and planning, combined with his pressure to open up the United States for business again on May 1st, he does so in a potential conflict with the state’s governors. Here in Minnesota, he will...

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What to Expect from the Legislature Today?

Minnesota Report The agenda for the legislature is limited and focused on issues surrounding the COVID-19 Virus and there are a number of ways it is adversely affecting our state. A view of the times for consideration by the House Rules and Legislative Administration...

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