Omnibus state government finance bill released


A proposed omnibus finance bill released today would cut spending on state government by more than one-third over the next two years.

A draft of the omnibus state government finance bill was posted online, along with a House Research Department summary and a supporting spreadsheet. As introduced, the delete-all amendment to HF577 proposes spending $601.96 million from the General Fund over the 2012-2013 biennium – a 34.1 percent decrease from the forecasted base.

Sponsored by Rep. Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead), the bill covers funding for the Legislature, the constitutional offices, Minnesota Management & Budget, the Revenue Department and nearly two dozen other state agencies. Members of the House State Government Finance Committee have scheduled multiple hearings on the bill this week.

In addition to funding various agencies, the bill includes a variety of policy initiatives on reforming state government. These include pay-for-performance for state programs and employees, zero-based budgeting requirements, and a proposed consolidation of state information technology services.

Committee members are scheduled to take public testimony on the bill beginning tomorrow, March 22 at 8:15 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building.