A bonding bill is a piece of legislation that authorizes the issuing of bonds and other capital to pay for certain construction projects and infrastructure upgrades. Projects are only eligible for this type of bonding if they are publicly-owned and designated as infrastructure. Bonding bills typically include projects requests by local governments, state institutions of higher learning, and other public entities. These bonds come in the form of general obligation bonds and are guaranteed by the state.
Walz Signs Executive Order Activating National Guard
Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-64, activating the Minnesota National Guard to help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Local leaders have requested National Guard resources after extensive damage to private property occurred and peaceful protests evolved into a dangerous situation for protesters and first responders.
Walz Announces Plans for Outdoor Dining, Limited Occupancy Salons
Governor Tim Walz today announced the phases in his Stay Safe Plan, including a cautious, strategic turn of the dial to allow limited outdoor dining at restaurants and bars starting June 1, 2020. The Governor also announced that salons and barbershops will be allowed to open June 1 at 25 percent occupancy to ensure the safety of both the employees and the customers inside. In both industries, customers will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks, make reservations, and adhere to social distancing requirements to keep themselves, other customers, and employees safe.
With the time to pass bills for the 2020 Legislative Session expiring at 12:00 a.m., the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate were unable to come to an agreement on a bonding bill.
Walz Appoints Judge Gordon Moore to Minnesota Supreme Court
Governor Tim Walz today appointed Judge Gordon Moore to serve as the next associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Moore will fill the vacancy created upon the retirement of Justice David Lillehaug, who has served on the Supreme Court since 2013. Moore brings over 30 years of legal experience to the Court.
Walz Signs Executive Order on Summer Learning
Today, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-57, authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to provide a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students. Minnesota’s public school districts and charter schools will have the option to offer summer learning through a hybrid model of distance learning and in-school learning, or to continue distance learning.
Walz Announces Next Phase of COVID-19 Response in Minnesota
Citing progress made to prepare for peak of infection, the Governor announced tonight that he will let Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expire on Sunday night as planned, and replace it with an order encouraging Minnesotans to stay close to home but allowing for gatherings of friends and family of 10 people or less. The Governor will also open retail stores and other main street businesses if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy. Dine-in restaurant restrictions and closures of salons, gyms, large crowd venues will remain for at least a couple more weeks, with June 1 as a potential reopen date following specific guidance from state officials.
State Budget Officials Project $2.426 Billion Deficit
Today, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released an interim budget projection. The report states that Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook has significantly worsened since the coronavirus pandemic. A deficit of $2.426 billion is now projected for the current biennium, which is almost a $4 billion change compared to the February forecast. Revenues are expected to be $3.611 billion lower and spending, including appropriations enacted since February, is expected to be $391 million higher. The $2.359 billion budget reserve remains available to mitigate the budgetary impact of the crisis. Given the uncertainty about the path of pandemic, the economic outlook will remain volatile for some time.
Walz Extends Stay Home Order Until May 18
As the state continues to make progress in preparing for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order in Minnesota until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume operations with curbside pick-up.
Walz, Peterson Address Meat Processing Facility Challenges
Today, Governor Tim Walz, Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and other state and federal officials held a press conference in Worthington to address concerns regarding the impact of COVID-19 on meat processing facilities in southwestern Minnesota. Much of the focus was on the JBS pork processing plant, which recently has seen an outbreak in COVID-19 cases.
Walz Daily Press Briefing
This afternoon, Governor Walz and administration officials held a conference call with reporters to update the public on state efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the focus of today’s media availability was on the continuation of distance learning for the remainder of the school year.