The Minnesota Legislature adjourned on Monday, May 23rd without an agreement to pass a number of major supplemental finance bills, a tax bill, or a bonding bill. While House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, and Governor Tim Walz struck a deal the previous weekend on a framework for how to spend the surplus, cut taxes, and save the remainder, many conference committee chairs were unable to reach compromises in time. Gov. Walz and Speaker Hortman favor holding a special session, but Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller said that his caucus is not interested in one. It is unclear if that will change.
The legislature was able to agree on a $70.9 million Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriations Bill after the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) was unable to reach an agreement on a 2022 package. Gov. Walz has 14 days from regular session adjournment to sign the bill into law. Included within the bill that awaits the governor’s signature is $7.87 million for state trail development, $1.6 million for state parks and trails maintenance and development, $3.56 million for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas grant programs, $1.3 million for a Mesabi Trail extension to Tower, and $1 million for a multi-modal Trailhead Center in Silver Bay.
Here is where Parks & Trails Council’s Legislative Agenda stands after the conclusion of the 2022 regular legislative session: