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Note from yesterday’s Washington Post : Google Fiber says it's in talks with Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla., in what could lead to the next round of expansions for Fiber. Google Fiber is not in talks with local governments in Renville and Sibley...

It’s a feeling hard to put into words. I got it some 25 years ago, when I saw the trucks and linemen assembled at an MMUA Hotline School. Pride, but more than that—a palpable sense of something much stronger when joined together than when broken down into its individual parts....

Debate on the Ratepayer Protection Act is well underway. It won't last long--it's a "Structured" rule that allows only 7 amendments--and a vote is expected later this afternoon. (Editor's note: the bill passed late in the afternoon 247-180.) Recall, this bill is high...

Net Metering Reform Passes Special Session On Friday, June 12, Governor Dayton called the Legislature back to St. Paul for a Special Session to pass state agency financing bills that he had vetoed following the Regular Session. Early in the day, the jobs/energy bill passed both the House...

Tentative Agreement Reached on Special Session On Wednesday, Governor Dayton and legislative leaders announced that they had reached a “tentative” budget agreement to call a special session.  Several budget bills passed by the Legislature in the 2015 Session were vetoed by...

Our national affiliate, the American Public Power Association, is coming to Minneapolis for its National Conference in a few days.  This is the first time that APPA has come to Minneapolis for the National Conference in its seventy-five year history, so we’re very pleased to welcome...

Governor Vetoes Energy and Environment Bills On Saturday, after a great deal of pressure from environmental advocacy groups, Governor Dayton vetoed two additional budget bills—the jobs/energy and agriculture/environment bills.  These were the two bills that contained most of the...

A Rush to the Finish The previous issue of The Capitol Letter noted that the Governor and legislative leaders were still negotiating an overall budget deal.  Those negotiations continued until last Friday night (May 15), when House Speaker Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Bakk...

Still Waiting… At the time of publishing, a global agreement on budget targets has not yet been reached between the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House.  These three leaders have been holding private negotiations at the Governor’s mansion all...

Senate Assembles and Passes New Energy Policy Omnibus On Thursday, Sen. John Marty (chair of the Environment and Energy Committee) crafted a second energy policy omnibus on the Senate floor ( SF 1735 ).  He noted that many of the provisions contained in his first policy...

Senate Tax Omnibus Includes Utility Property Tax Reform This week, the Senate Tax Committee unveiled its tax omnibus bill ( SF 826 ).  The Senate bill provides about $460 million in tax relief, mostly through reducing the state’s general tax levy (but slightly increasing the...

After Long Debate, House Job Growth and Energy Omnibus Passes House The House took up the Job Growth and Energy Affordability budget and policy omnibus bill ( HF 843 ) on Wednesday.  As detailed in previous versions of The Capitol Letter, this bill contains the budgets of many state...

Springtime in Washington: Congress is busy, go figure. Yesterday the House finally passed their version of the long-awaited energy efficiency bill, the same one that started two Congresses ago. The bill of record is S 535, this year's Senate version of Portman-Shaheen, which has been...

Senate Environment, Economic Development, and Agriculture Budget Assembled Taking a vastly different approach than the House in both process and content, the Senate Environment, Economic Development, and Agriculture Budget Division quickly assembled its omnibus budget bill ( SF 2101 )...

House Assembles Energy Omnibus Last week, the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability (JGEA) Committee passed its omnibus finance and policy bill.  The jurisdiction of this committee is large, so in addition to energy provisions, the bill ( HF 843 ) includes policy and budget items...

Congress is now on their annual two-week spring recess, but only after finishing up a rather productive week, at least for Congress. Both chambers passed respective budget resolutions, something that doesn’t happen every year—the Senate has passed a budget only twice in the last six...

CHP Bill Discussed in House Energy On Monday, the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee discussed HF 813 , which would add combined heat and power (CHP) and cogeneration facilities to the definition of new large energy facilities that are allowed to be constructed and not...

Welcome to the new MMUA Online!  We’ve put a lot of thought and a lot of work into our new site and we hope you like it. Here are some things you might like to know about the new site: It’s “responsive,” which means it works great on cell phones and tablets....

Senate Energy Omnibus Emerges This week, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee assembled its omnibus energy bill (SF 1431 ) onto the body of the DER policy bill.  Hearings on individual bills were held on Tuesday and Thursday, some of which were then amended onto the omnibus...

Municipal Power Agency Bill Pulled from Agenda Legislation that would subject municipal power agencies to the open meeting law (SF 978) was originally scheduled for a hearing on Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Thanks to lobbying efforts and MMUA members’ swift outreach,...

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