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16A.11 BUDGET TO LEGISLATURE.
    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.
    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. The 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.
    Subd. 3. Part two: detailed budget. (a) Part two of the budget, the detailed budget estimates
both of expenditures and revenues, must contain any statements on the financial plan which the
governor believes desirable or which may be required by the legislature. The detailed estimates
shall include the governor's budget arranged in tabular form.
(b) Tables listing expenditures for the next biennium must show the appropriation base for
each year. The appropriation base is the amount appropriated for the second year of the current
biennium. The tables must separately show any adjustments to the base required by current
law or policies of the commissioner of finance. For forecasted programs, the tables must also
show the amount of the forecast adjustments, based on the most recent forecast prepared by the
commissioner of finance under section 16A.103. For all programs, the tables must show the
amount of appropriation changes recommended by the governor, after adjustments to the base and
forecast adjustments, and the total recommendation of the governor for that year.
(c) The detailed estimates must include a separate line listing the total cost of professional
and technical service contracts for the prior biennium and the projected costs of those contracts
for the current and upcoming biennium. They must also include a summary of the personnel
employed by the agency, reflected as full-time equivalent positions.
(d) The detailed estimates for internal service funds must include the number of full-time
equivalents by program; detail on any loans from the general fund, including dollar amounts by
program; proposed investments in technology or equipment of $100,000 or more; an explanation
of any operating losses or increases in retained earnings; and a history of the rates that have been
charged, with an explanation of any rate changes and the impact of the rate changes on affected
agencies.
    Subd. 3a. Part three: detailed capital budget. The detailed capital budget must include
recommendations for capital projects to be funded during the next six fiscal years. It must be
submitted with projects recommended by the governor and in order of importance among that
agency's requests as determined by the agency originating the request.
    Subd. 3b.[Repealed, 1998 c 366 s 90]
    Subd. 3c.[Repealed, 1998 c 366 s 90]
    Subd. 4. Information; hearings. The commissioner shall, on request, give the governor or
the legislature information on the budget and attend legislative budget hearings.
    Subd. 5. Capital facilities note. The commissioner shall prepare a facilities note on each
capital project, estimating program cost impacts and efficiencies stemming from the approval
of that project.
    Subd. 6. Building maintenance and capital betterment. The detailed operating budget
and capital budget must include amounts necessary to maintain and better state buildings. The
commissioner of finance, in consultation with the commissioner of administration, the Board of
Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the regents of the University
of Minnesota, shall establish budget guidelines for building maintenance and betterment
appropriations. Unless otherwise provided by the commissioner of finance, the combined amount
to be budgeted each year for building maintenance and betterment in the operating budget and
capital budget is one percent of the replacement cost of the building, adjusted up or down
depending on the age and condition of the building.
    Subd. 7. Fees. The detailed operating budget for each executive branch agency must include
proposals for any new fees or any increases in existing fees. For purposes of this section, "fees"
has the meaning given in section 16A.1283, but excludes charges listed in paragraph (b) of
that section.
History: (53-18n) 1939 c 431 art 2 s 15; 1969 c 399 s 1; 1973 c 35 s 5; 1974 c 355 s 43;
1977 c 455 s 74,75; 1978 c 791 s 17; 1984 c 628 art 2 s 1; 1989 c 81 s 1; 1990 c 594 art 1 s 43;
1991 c 342 s 2-5; 1993 c 192 s 53,54; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 45; 1996 c 390 s 12,13; 1997 c 202 art 2
s 14-16; 1998 c 366 s 23,24; 1998 c 404 s 29,30; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 47; 2000 c 488 art 12 s 10;
2002 c 393 s 32; 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 32; 2004 c 284 art 2 s 5; 2006 c 258 s 27