ST. PAUL, MN - Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed all bills passed by the Legislature during the special session. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton:
"Early this morning, Minnesota legislators concluded their 2015 session. I thank them for passing the remaining budget bills, as well as Legacy and bonding bills, all of which I have signed into law.
"Last fall, Minnesota voters chose divided political leadership for our state. This legislative session ended in that same way: with legislators sharply divided over key issues, like the optimal amounts of taxes and expenditures, social services, and transportation improvements.
"Nevertheless, legislators achieved significant progress in providing better care and education for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens: children, who were previously considered too young for structured elementary education. Minnesotans at the other end of life will also benefit from increased funding for nursing homes, personal care attendants, and other supportive services.
"As I have noted before, a sign of true compromise is that no one is happy with it. Many compromises had to be made during this legislative session; and many people, across the political spectrum, believe it suffered from too many missed opportunities.
"One positive result, however, is that the remaining surplus, combined with the budgeted reserve and cash flow account, has left the State with a positive balance of almost $2.5 billion. It stands in welcome contrast to the financial uncertainties of recent years.
"Legislators from both political parties have devoted countless hours to leading our state toward a better future. They, and their supportive families, have earned our gratitude."
Governor Dayton signed the following bills into law today:
- Chapter 1, HF 3 : This is the Jobs and Energy Bill. This bill passed 78-47 in the House and 50-14 in the Senate.
- /governor/assets/2015_better_jobs_energy_side_by_side_tcm1055-100670.pdfA Better Jobs and Energy Bill - Click here to read about improvements made to the Jobs and Energy Bill, following Governor Dayton's May 23rd veto.
- Chapter 2, SF 1 : This is the Legacy Bill. This bill passed 116-6 in the House and 54-10 in the Senate.
- Chapter 3, HF1 : This is the Education Finance Bill. This bill passed 115-10 in the House and 53-12 in the Senate
- /governor/assets/2015_better_education_side_by_side_tcm1055-100669.pdfA Better Education Bill - Click here to read about improvements made to the Education Finance Bill, following Governor Dayton's May 23rd veto.
- /governor/assets/2015_e12_education_fact_sheet_tcm1055-100671.pdfEducation Bill Fact Sheet - Click here to read about the new investments included in the Education Finance Bill signed into law today by Governor Dayton.
- Chapter 4, SF5 : This is the Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Finance Bill. This bill passed 78-47 in the House and 38-29 in the Senate.
- /governor/assets/2015_better_agriculture_environment_side_by_side_tcm1055-100668.pdfA Better Agriculture and Environment Bill - Click here to read about improvements made to the Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Finance Bill, following Governor Dayton's May 23rd veto.
- Chapter 5, HF2 : This is the Bonding Bill. This bill passed 96-25 in the House and 48-18 in the Senate.
- /governor/assets/2015_jobs_bill_fact_sheet_tcm1055-100672.pdfBonding Bill Fact Sheet - Click here for an overview of projects included in this year's bonding bill. /governor/assets/2015_jobs_bill_map_tcm1055-100673.pdfClick here for a statewide map of projects in the bonding bill.
- Chapter 6, HF 6 : This is the Technical Corrections (Revisor's) Bill. This bill passed 125-0 in the House and 61-1 in the Senate.