Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) has three newsletters. We publish a monthly update with clean energy stories, news and events. We also have a legislative update during the Minnesota legislative session to keep you informed of clean energy news at the Capitol. Finally, we publish a quarterly regulatory newsletter to keep you up to date on how clean energy policy is being enacted across the state and country.
Despite a $9 billion budget surplus, very little was accomplished this session. If legislators don’t return to the Capitol, Minnesotans lose out on billions of federal dollars for energy and transportation projects that will go to other states.
Federal UI & frontline worker pay: The agreement around these issues paves the way for more conversations around energy. The House bill contains important investments and policy changes that are good for Minnesota’s clean energy community and innovators. The Senate bill includes Solar*Rewards funding, but doesn’t include money for the state’s competition fund – an important omission CEEM is trying to rectify.
It would be a surprise if some deal on replenishing the UI Trust Fund and Hero Pay is not reached. With over a $9.25 billion surplus, we are likely to see some form of tax relief passed, whether it be a rate decrease or “Walz Checks” as proposed by the Governor or some compromise proposal to emerge. The surplus should also mean there is room for at least some supplemental budget bills to pass before session ends. Finally, it is a “bonding year” and the Capital Investment Committees in both chambers are busy putting together a proposal.
The Legislature will take a break next week, from April 9 to April 18, and then return to complete their work by May 23. Both bodies have their omnibus bills together in some form and will begin passing them upon returning from break. Negotiations between the House and Senate will then take center stage over the final several weeks of session.
As we hit deadlines for bills to be heard in committee, we will start to see a clearer picture of how this session will play out. We expect a strong, clean energy-focused bill to come out of the Minnesota House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy committee setting up a solid position for negotiations with the Senate. The Legislature will be on break from April 9 to April 18 before returning for a month-long sprint to the finish as they must have their work complete by May 23, 2022.
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