Bills pass after days of filibusters in state special legislative session

Negotiators for the Republican-controlled Senate and the DFL-led House put the final touches on a tax bill to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief over the next four years.

Legislative leaders and Governor Tim Walz agreed on parameters of the package before the regular legislative session adjourned and a working group then hammered out the details.

Thousands of businesses will be exempt from paying state income tax on COVID emergency loans received through the federal paycheck protection program.

Up to $10,200 dollars of unemployment compensation during the pandemic will also not be subject to state income tax.

The package includes no new tax increases after House leaders and the governor quietly dropped their push for a new fifth income tax bracket.

After three days of filibusters late last week, the House also passed budget bills for agriculture, broadband, higher education, and cultural legacy over the weekend.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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