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Workforce Wednesday: Youth Skills Training Program Included in New Jobs Omnibus Bill

Wednesday, May 3, 2017  
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The conference committee working on the Jobs and Energy omnibus bill met again on Monday, May 1, to adopt amended provisions, representing a compromise between the original House and Senate bills.

MPMA’s Youth Skills Training program is included in the newly-amended Jobs and Energy omnibus bill, and the funding is agreed upon at $200,000 for implementation in the first year and $500,000 in ongoing grant funding for school districts’ coordination activities.

HUGE thanks to the chief author, Sen. Paul Anderson, who was on the conference committee and made sure funding for the Youth Skills Training program was included in the House-Senate compromise.

Inclusion at this step is critical because the Jobs and Energy omnibus bill will now be negotiated with Gov. Mark Dayton. Negotiations will focus on bigger-ticket and more controversial items in the bill, such as funding levels for major programs and agency reforms, and scant attention will be paid to items already negotiated, such as the Youth Skills Training program.

Omnibus Tax Bill

The House and Senate omnibus tax bill has also now been finalized. Tax relief remains a priority in the new language - $1.15 billion in tax reductions are the center of the bill. Important provisions include:

  • Business property tax relief by repealing the inflator, reducing the levy, and exempting first $150,000 of market value.
  • R&D tax credit by increasing credit and enacting a new alternative simplified method.
  • Section 179 conformity (beginning tax year 2018)
  • Estate tax federal conformity (beginning as of 1/1/2017)

What’s Next?

Work is not yet done – the next step is for House/Senate leadership and Gov. Dayton to come to an agreement on spending.  Following agreement, the conference committees will reconvene to adopt the final omnibus bills. However, if negotiations are not successful over the next week, we expect the House and Senate to pass the omnibus budget bills in their current form and send them to the governor for vetoes, then attempt to reboot negotiations in advance of the May 22 adjournment deadline.

Contact MPMA lobbyist Amy Walstien at 651-238-9264 or amy@walstien.com with any questions.