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Updated Minnesota Management and Budget Forecast
Minnesota's net general fund receipts for FY 2020 are now estimated to total $21.798 billion, $168 million (0.8%) more than projected in the May 2020 Interim Budget Projection. Net tax receipts exceeded the projection for income, corporate,and sales taxes, more than offsetting net revenues from other taxes that were lower than projected. State revenues in the final quarter of FY 2020 were $168 million (2.9%) more than projected in May.  

July 21, 2020
End of 2nd Special Session
Legislature OKs police reform bill, House adopts racism resolution, Senate wants local control on school reopenings
Early this morning, the Minnesota Legislature passed a police accountability package after hours of closed-door negotiations.
Notable highlights of the police reform bill include a statewide ban on chokeholds and neck restraints, enhanced data collection around deadly force encounters, increased funding for crisis intervention training, and the creation of a panel of expert arbitrators to handle police misconduct cases. 
Governor Tim Walz is expected to sign the police accountability bill.

The Minnesota House  approved a resolution 82-40 declaring racism a public health crisis in the state. Resolution author Rep. Ruth Richardson said the resolution would force lawmakers to be more attentive to the effect of policies they pass on addressing systemic inequality.

The Minnesota Senate passed a resolution 37-30 urging Governor Walz to exclude public schools from any further executive orders.
"There is no one solution, our schools are extremely diverse and different as are the communities, their students and their parents and their staff," Sen. Carla Nelson said. "And we need to allow them to make that local decision. It shouldn't be left to the governor to unilaterally make that important decision."

Both the House and the Senate adjourned sine die without a bonding bill, tax bill or a supplemental budget. However, this is not the last opportunity for these bills. Governor Walz's emergency powers expire again in August. If he renews his emergency powers again, a third special session would be required.
MSBA would like to know if your district has a legislative advocacy committee or if you are interested in forming a group.  
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National Homework Gap Day of Action
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is helping lead a National Homework Gap Day of Action today (Tuesday, July 21) to call attention to the digital divide in education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a long-documented and persistent inequity affecting students that lack adequate broadband access.

Demonstrate your support for closing the homework gap and supporting the FCC's E-Rate program by visiting the NSBA homework gap webpage, where you can download the Day of Action Engagement Toolkit.
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