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Committee Chairs and Budget Update

House and Senate Announce Committee Chairs
The committee chairs for the 92nd legislature have been announced and will begin their work starting on January 5, 2021. In the House, committees will be down slightly from previous years with 30 committees.

Speaker of the House, Melissa Hortman said, "Democrats are focused on what Minnesotans value: recovering and rebuilding from COVID, affordable health care, excellent educational opportunities from preschool through job training, and economic security for our families. We are ready to get to work building a Minnesota that works better for everyone."

“What we really want to focus on out of the blocks are the things we all agree are important,” said Sen. Paul Gazelka, when he announced the committee structure and chairs for the Republican lead Senate.

Schedules and committee member will be forthcoming.

Agriculture Finance & Policy - Sundin
Capital Investment - Lee
Commerce Finance & Policy - Stephenson
Education Finance - Davnie
Early Childhood Finance & Policy - Pinto
Education Policy - Richardson
Environment and Natural Resources Finance & Policy - Hansen
Climate and Energy Finance & Policy - Long
State Government Finance & Policy - Nelson
Local Government Division - Masin
Health Finance & Policy - Liebling
Preventative Health Policy Division - Freiberg
Human Services Finance & Policy - Schultz
Behavioral Health Policy Division - Fischer
Higher Education Finance & Policy - Bernardy
Housing Finance & Policy - Hausman
Preventing Homelessness Division - Gomez
Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance & Policy - Ecklund
Workforce and Business Development Finance & Policy - Noor
Industrial Education and Economic Development Finance & Policy - Pelowski
Judiciary Finance & Civil Law - Becker-Finn
Legacy Finance - Lillie
Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance & Policy- Mariani
Rules and Legislative Administration - Winkler
Subcommittee on Legislative Process Reform - Pelowski
Taxes - Marquart
Property Tax Division - Youakim
Transportation Finance & Policy - Hornstein
Ways and Means - Moran
Redistricting - Murphy

Finance - Rosen
State Government Fin/Pol & Elections - Kiffmeyer
Vets/Military Affairs Finance & Policy - Lang
Human Services Reform Finance & Policy - Abeler
Health & Human Services Finance & Policy - Benson
Education Finance & Policy - Chamberlain
Energy Finance & Policy - Senjem
Agriculture Finance & Policy - Westrom
Housing Finance & Policy - Draheim
Commerce Finance & Policy - Dahms
Higher Education Finance & Policy - Tomassoni
Judiciary/Pub. Safety Fin. & Criminal Law - Limmer
Jobs Finance & Policy - Pratt
Environment & Natural Resources Finance - Ingebrigtsen
Enviro & NatRes Policy & Legacy Finance - Ruud
Transportation Finance & Policy - Newman
Policy Committees
Local Government - Jasinski
->Subcommittee: Metropolitan Governance - Osmek
Technology & Reform - Koran
Human Services Licensing - Utke
Aging & Long Term Care - Housley
Civil Law & Data Practices - Mathews
Labor & Industry Policy - Rarick
Mining & Forestry Policy - Eichorn

November Forecast Released by Minnesota Management and Budget
MN projects a $641 M surplus through June and a $1.3 B shortfall for FY 2022-23
According to Minnesota Management and Budget's website and release, Minnesota’s economic and budget outlook have improved since May, when they released a budget projection just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold. With this forecast, higher general fund revenues and lower expected spending result in a projected surplus of $641 million for the FY 2020-21 biennium. The improved budget outlook continues into FY 2022-23, but a $1.273 billion budgetary shortfall remains for that biennium. As the pandemic continues, economic challenges also persist. Minnesota has 184,000 fewer jobs than in February and, while the economic downturn has affected all Minnesotans, unemployment has disproportionately impacted lower wage workers.
Mentioned in the presentation is the decline in pupil counts throughout Minnesota, which extrapolates into a "savings" of $118 million. Economists shared the 12,676 reduction of student counts was more than projected previously. An additional 8,334 students added to the forecasted 4,000 students. These numbers highlight the tough decisions parents have made to not start Kindergarten, choose private school options or homeschool. Students are anticipated to return to public school classrooms, but not sure if it will be next school year or the coming years.