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SF 11

1st Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to state government finance; providing an appropriation for emergencies;
requiring reports and recommendations to bring the state budget into compliance
with generally accepted governmental accounting principles; requiring disclosure
of the impact of inflation on state expenditures; requiring a report of cash
flow for the general fund; providing deadline for modifying budget after
February forecast; providing continuing appropriations for the operation of state
government under certain conditions; appropriating money; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2006, sections 9.061, subdivision 5; 16A.055, subdivision 1; 16A.103,
subdivisions 1a, 1b, 1e; 16A.11, subdivisions 1, 2; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 9.061, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Spending power.

deleted text beginWheredeleted text end new text beginWhen the governor has declared under section
12.31 that
new text endan emergency existsnew text begin,new text end the Executive Councilnew text begin, after consulting with the
Legislative Advisory Commission under section 3.30,
new text end may expend money as necessary
therefor deleted text beginwithin the limit of appropriations made to the council for this purposedeleted text endnew text begin, but not
to exceed $3,000,000 in any fiscal year, and that amount is annually appropriated from
the general fund for this purpose
new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.055, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

List.

new text begin(a) new text endThe commissioner shall:

(1) receive and record all money paid into the state treasury and safely keep it until
lawfully paid out;

(2) manage the state's financial affairs;

(3) keep the state's general account books according to generally accepted
government accounting principles;

(4) keep expenditure and revenue accounts according to generally accepted
government accounting principles;

(5) develop, provide instructions for, prescribe, and manage a state uniform
accounting system;

(6) provide to the state the expertise to ensure that all state funds are accounted for
under generally accepted government accounting principles; and

(7) coordinate the development of, and maintain standards for, internal auditing in
state agencies and, in cooperation with the commissioner of administration, report to the
legislature and the governor by January 31 of odd-numbered years, on progress made.

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall report to the legislature by January 15 each year any
laws that require the state's general fund budget not to be reported according to generally
accepted government accounting principles.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.103, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:


Subd. 1a.

Forecast parameters.

The forecast must assume the continuation of
current laws and reasonable estimates of projected growth in the national and state
economies and affected populations. Revenue must be estimated for all sources provided
for in current law. Expenditures must be estimated for all obligations imposed by law and
those projected to occur as a result of new text begininflation and new text endvariables outside the control of the
legislature. deleted text beginExpenditure estimates must not include an allowance for inflation.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective beginning with the forecast in
February 2007.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.103, subdivision 1b, is amended to read:


Subd. 1b.

Forecast variable.

In determining new text beginthe rate of inflation, the application
of inflation,
new text endthe amount of state bonding as it affects debt service, the calculation of
investment income, and the other variables to be included in the expenditure part of the
forecast, the commissioner must consult with the chairs and lead minority members of the
senate deleted text beginState Governmentdeleted text end Finance Committee and the house Ways and Means Committee,
and legislative fiscal staff. This consultation must occur at least three weeks before the
forecast is to be released. No later than two weeks prior to the release of the forecast,
the commissioner must inform the chairs and lead minority members of the senate
deleted text begin State Governmentdeleted text end Finance Committee and the house Ways and Means Committee, and
legislative fiscal staff of any changes in these variables from the previous forecast.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective beginning with the forecast in
February 2007.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.103, subdivision 1e, is amended to read:


Subd. 1e.

Economic information.

The commissioner must review economic
information including economic forecasts with legislative fiscal staff no later than two
weeks before the forecast is released. The commissioner must invite the chairs and lead
minority members of the senate deleted text beginState Governmentdeleted text end Finance Committee and the house
Ways and Means Committee, and legislative fiscal staff to attend any meetings held with
outside economic advisors. The commissioner must provide legislative fiscal staff with
monthly economic forecast information received from outside sources.

Sec. 6.

new text begin [16A.107] CASH FLOW FORECAST.
new text end

new text begin Within two weeks after the November forecast of state revenue and expenditures
under section 16A.103, the commissioner shall deliver to the governor and the legislature
a forecast of cash flow for the general fund, showing the expected maximum and minimum
cash balance in the fund for each month of the forecast period.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

When.

The governor shall submit a three-part budget to the
legislature. Parts one and two, the budget message and detailed operating budget, must
be submitted by the fourth Tuesday in January in each odd-numbered year. However,
in a year following the election of a governor who had not been governor the previous
year, parts one and two must be submitted by the third Tuesday in February. Part three,
the detailed recommendations as to capital expenditure, must be submitted as follows:
agency capital budget requests by July 15 of each odd-numbered year, and governor's
recommendations by January 15 of each even-numbered year. Detailed recommendations
as to information technology expenditure must be submitted as part of the detailed
operating budget. Information technology recommendations must include projects to be
funded during the next biennium and planning estimates for an additional two bienniums.
Information technology recommendations must specify purposes of the funding such as
infrastructure, hardware, software, or training.new text begin Any modifications to the operating budget
made necessary by the forecast in February of an odd-numbered year must be submitted
within two weeks after the forecast.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective beginning with the forecast in
February 2007.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.11, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Part one: message.

Part one of the budget, the governor's message,
shall include the governor's recommendations on the financial policy of the state for the
coming biennium, describing the important features of the budget plan, embracing a
general budget summary setting forth the aggregate figures of the budget so as to show
the balanced relation between the total proposed expenditures and the total anticipated
income, with the basis and factors on which the estimates are made, the amount to be
borrowed, and other means of financing the budget for the coming biennium, compared
with the corresponding figures for at least the last two completed fiscal years and the
current year. new text beginThe budget plan must include recommendations on how to bring the budget
into compliance with generally accepted governmental accounting principles.
new text endThe
budget plan shall be supported by explanatory schedules or statements, classifying its
expenditures by agencies and funds, and the income by agencies, sources, funds, and the
proposed amount of new borrowing, as well as proposed new tax or revenue sources. The
budget plan shall be submitted for all special and dedicated funds, as well as the general
fund, and shall include the estimated amounts of federal aids, for whatever purpose
provided, together with estimated expenditures from them.

Sec. 9.

new text begin [16A.117] CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin If a major appropriation bill to fund a given state agency for the next biennium is not
enacted before July 1 of an odd-numbered year, amounts sufficient to continue operation
of that agency and the programs administered by that agency through the fiscal year
ending June 30 of the next even-numbered year at the base level for that next fiscal year,
as determined according to section 16A.11, subdivision 3, and previous appropriation
acts, are appropriated to the agency from the appropriate funds and accounts in the state
treasury. The base level for an appropriation that was designated as onetime or was
onetime in nature is zero.
new text end