Two weeks after the regular adjournment of the 2015 Legislative Session, Minnesota leaders appear to be closing in on a deal to complete the two-year budget. Completing the budget this week avoids state shutdown brinkmanship and allows the business of the state to move forward.
Here’s what you need to know:
BATC attempted to advance the sprinkler repeal issue within the special session deliberations, however with the Governor’s strong opposition to our priority it’s highly unlikely to be included in the final deal.
Environmental provisions closely watched by BATC which are likely to re-surface in a final deal include the study of a cash-in-lieu concept for wetland replacement and the 2-year study of the feasibility of MN taking over custody of the 404 review process, which is currently administered by the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency.