The impact of the partial federal government shutdown on Minnesota’s state budget is first on the agenda as lawmakers begin week two of the 2019 legislative session.
A key Minnesota House committee gets an update from state Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans.
Outside of state programs, the federal shutdown is causing delays for some homebuyers and farmers. Some federal employees aren’t receiving paychecks and there’s concern that income tax refunds could be delayed and Section 8 landlords might not receive federal subsidies.
Also today (Monday), the push ratchets up at the State Capitol to prohibit cell phone use while driving except in hands-free mode. There have been repeated attempts, but this year chances seem better, with leaders of both the House and Senate indicating legislation could pass.