Bill Text: MN SF1057 | 2013-2014 | 88th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Omnibus jobs and economic development appropriations bill

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2013-04-20 - Chief author added Tomassoni [SF1057 Detail]

Download: Minnesota-2013-SF1057-Engrossed.html

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to state government; proposing the governor's budget for jobs and
1.3economic development; increasing certain fees; streamlining construction
1.4inspections; creating the Minnesota job creation fund; expanding the Minnesota
1.5Trade Offices; creating STEP grants; reducing the unemployment insurance
1.6tax; creating the transportation economic development assistance program;
1.7repealing the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority; requiring reports;
1.8appropriating money to various departments, agencies, and boards;amending
1.9Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 116J.8731, subdivisions 2, 3; 326B.184,
1.10subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 326B.37, by adding a subdivision;
1.11326B.49, subdivisions 2, 3; 341.321; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
1.12Statutes, chapter 116J; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 116W.01;
1.13116W.02; 116W.03; 116W.035; 116W.04; 116W.05; 116W.06; 116W.20;
1.14116W.21; 116W.23; 116W.24; 116W.25; 116W.26; 116W.27; 116W.28; 116W.29;
1.15116W.30; 116W.31; 116W.32; 116W.33; 116W.34; Minnesota Rules, part
1.161307.0032.
1.17BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.18ARTICLE 1
1.19APPROPRIATIONS

1.20
Section 1. JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS.
1.21    The amounts shown in this section summarize direct appropriations, by fund, made
1.22in this article.
1.23
2014
2015
Total
1.24
General
$
149,962,000
$
136,916,000
$
286,878,000
1.25
Workforce Development
17,451,000
17,451,000
34,902,000
1.26
Remediation
700,000
700,000
1,400,000
1.27
Workers' Compensation
22,784,000
22,574,000
45,358,000
1.28
Total
$
190,897,000
$
177,641,000
$
368,538,000

2.1
Sec. 2. JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
2.2    The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
2.3agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
2.4general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated
2.5for each purpose. The figures "2014" and "2015" used in this article mean that the
2.6appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or
2.7June 30, 2015, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2014. "The second year" is fiscal
2.8year 2015. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
2.9
APPROPRIATIONS
2.10
Available for the Year
2.11
Ending June 30
2.12
2014
2015

2.13
2.14
Sec. 3. DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2.15
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
84,440,000
$
84,440,000
2.16
Appropriations by Fund
2.17
2014
2015
2.18
General
67,318,000
67,318,000
2.19
Remediation
700,000
700,000
2.20
2.21
Workforce
Development
16,422,000
16,422,000
2.22The amounts that may be spent for each
2.23purpose are specified in the following
2.24subdivisions.
2.25
2.26
Subd. 2.Business and Community
Development
38,481,000
38,481,000
2.27
Appropriations by Fund
2.28
General
37,442,000
37,442,000
2.29
Remediation
700,000
700,000
2.30
2.31
Workforce
Development
339,000
339,000
2.32(a) $15,000,000 each year is for the
2.33Minnesota Investment Fund under
2.34Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.8731. This
2.35appropriation is available until spent.
3.1(b) $12,500,000 each year is for the
3.2Minnesota job creation fund under Minnesota
3.3Statutes, section 116J.8748. Of this amount,
3.4the commissioner of employment and
3.5economic development may use up to three
3.6percent for administrative expenses. This
3.7appropriation is available until spent.
3.8(c) $1,272,000 the first year and $1,272,000
3.9the second year are from the general fund for
3.10contaminated site cleanup and development
3.11grants under Minnesota Statutes, sections
3.12116J.551 to 116J.558.
3.13(d) $700,000 the first year and $700,000 the
3.14second year are from the remediation fund for
3.15contaminated site cleanup and development
3.16grants under Minnesota Statutes, sections
3.17116J.551 to 116J.558. This appropriation is
3.18available until expended.
3.19(e) $757,000 the first year and $757,000
3.20the second year are from the general
3.21fund and $339,000 the first year and
3.22$339,000 the second year are from the
3.23workforce development fund for the business
3.24development competitive grant program.
3.25(f) $4,195,000 each year is from the general
3.26fund for the Minnesota job skills partnership
3.27program under Minnesota Statutes, sections
3.28116L.01 to 116L.17. If the appropriation for
3.29either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.30for the other year is available. This
3.31appropriation is available until spent.
3.32
Subd. 3.Workforce Development
10,083,000
10,083,000
4.1
Appropriations by Fund
4.2
General
830,000
830,000
4.3
4.4
Workforce
Development
9,253,000
9,253,000
4.5(a) $830,000 each year from the general fund
4.6and $1,905,000 each year from the workforce
4.7development fund is for the adult workforce
4.8development competitive grant program.
4.9(b) $3,500,000 each year is from the
4.10workforce development fund for the
4.11Minnesota youth program under Minnesota
4.12Statutes, sections 116L.56 and 116L.561.
4.13(c) $1,000,000 each year is from the
4.14workforce development fund for the
4.15youthbuild program under Minnesota
4.16Statutes, sections 116L.361 to 116L.366.
4.17(d) $2,848,000 each year is from the
4.18workforce development fund for the youth
4.19workforce development competitive grant
4.20program.
4.21
Subd. 4.General Support Services
1,018,000
1,018,000
4.22
Subd. 5.Minnesota Trade Office
2,242,000
2,242,000
4.23(a) $300,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $300,000
4.24in fiscal year 2015 are for the STEP grants in
4.25Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.979.
4.26(b) $180,000 in fiscal year 2014 and
4.27$180,000 in fiscal year 2015 are for the Invest
4.28Minnesota marketing initiative in Minnesota
4.29Statutes, section 116J.9801. Notwithstanding
4.30any other law, this provision does not expire.
4.31
Subd. 6.Vocational Rehabilitation
26,691,000
26,691,000
5.1
Appropriations by Fund
5.2
General
19,861,000
19,861,000
5.3
5.4
Workforce
Development
6,830,000
6,830,000
5.5(a) $10,800,000 each year is from the general
5.6fund for the state's vocational rehabilitation
5.7program under Minnesota Statutes, chapter
5.8268A.
5.9(b) $2,261,000 each year is from the general
5.10fund for grants to centers for independent
5.11living under Minnesota Statutes, section
5.12268A.11.
5.13(c) $5,245,000 each year from the general
5.14fund and $6,830,000 each year from the
5.15workforce development fund is for extended
5.16employment services for persons with severe
5.17disabilities under Minnesota Statutes, section
5.18268A.16.
5.19(d) $1,555,000 each year is from the general
5.20fund for grants to programs that provide
5.21employment support services to persons with
5.22mental illness under Minnesota Statutes,
5.23sections 268A.13 and 268A.14.
5.24
Subd. 7.Services for the Blind
5,925,000
5,925,000

5.25
Sec. 4. HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY
5.26
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
51,048,000
$
38,048,000
5.27The amounts that may be spent for each
5.28purpose are specified in the following
5.29subdivisions.
5.30This appropriation is for transfer to the
5.31housing development fund for the programs
5.32specified in this section. Except as otherwise
5.33indicated, this transfer is part of the agency's
5.34permanent budget base.
6.1
Subd. 2.Challenge Program
16,955,000
6,955,000
6.2(a) This appropriation is for the economic
6.3development and housing challenge program
6.4under Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.33.
6.5Of this amount, $1,208,000 each year shall
6.6be made available during the first 11 months
6.7of the fiscal year exclusively for housing
6.8projects for American Indians. Any funds not
6.9committed to housing projects for American
6.10Indians in the first 11 months of the fiscal year
6.11shall be available for any eligible activity
6.12under Minnesota Statues, section 462A.33.
6.13(b) Of this amount, $10,000,000 is a onetime
6.14appropriation and is targeted for housing in
6.15communities and regions that have:
6.16(1)(i) low housing vacancy rates; and
6.17(ii) cooperatively developed a plan that
6.18identifies current and future housing needs;
6.19and
6.20(2)(i) experienced job growth since 2005 and
6.21have at least 2,000 jobs within the commuter
6.22shed;
6.23(ii) evidence of anticipated job expansion; or
6.24(iii) a significant portion of area employees
6.25who commute more than 30 miles between
6.26their residence and their employment.
6.27(c) Preference must be given among
6.28comparable housing proposals to proposals
6.29that include a meaningful contribution from
6.30area employers that reduces the need for
6.31deferred loan or grant funds from state
6.32resources.
6.33(d) The base funding for this program in the
6.342016-2017 biennium is $6,955,000 each year.
7.1
Subd. 3.Housing Trust Fund
12,555,000
9,555,000
7.2(a) This appropriation is for deposit in the
7.3housing trust fund account created under
7.4Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.201, and
7.5may be used for the purposes provided in
7.6that section.
7.7(b) Of this amount, $2,000,000 is a onetime
7.8appropriation for temporary rental assistance
7.9for families with school-age children who
7.10have changed school or home at least
7.11once in the last school year. The agency,
7.12in consultation with the Department of
7.13Education, may establish additional targeting
7.14criteria.
7.15(c) Of this amount, $1,000,000 is a onetime
7.16appropriation for temporary rental assistance
7.17for adults who are in the process of being
7.18released from state correctional facilities
7.19or on supervised release in the community
7.20who are homeless or at risk of becoming
7.21homeless. The agency, in consultation with
7.22the Department of Corrections, may establish
7.23additional targeting criteria to identify
7.24those adults most at risk of reentering state
7.25correctional facilities.
7.26(d) The base funding for this program in fiscal
7.27years 2016 and 2017 is $9,555,000 each year.
7.28
Subd. 4.Rental Assistance for Mentally Ill
2,638,000
2,638,000
7.29This appropriation is for the rental housing
7.30assistance program under Minnesota
7.31Statutes, section 462A.2097.
7.32
Subd. 5.Family Homeless Prevention
7,465,000
7,465,000
8.1This appropriation is for the family homeless
8.2prevention and assistance programs under
8.3Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.204.
8.4
Subd. 6.Home Ownership Assistance Fund
797,000
797,000
8.5This appropriation is for the home ownership
8.6assistance program under Minnesota
8.7Statutes, section 462A.21, subdivision 8.
8.8
Subd. 7.Affordable Rental Investment Fund
4,218,834
4,218,834
8.9(a) This appropriation is for the affordable
8.10rental investment fund program under
8.11Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.21,
8.12subdivision 8b, to finance the acquisition,
8.13rehabilitation, and debt restructuring of
8.14federally assisted rental property and for
8.15making equity takeout loans under Minnesota
8.16Statutes, section 462A.05, subdivision 39.
8.17(b) The owner of federally assisted rental
8.18property must agree to participate in
8.19the applicable federally assisted housing
8.20program and to extend any existing
8.21low-income affordability restrictions on the
8.22housing for the maximum term permitted.
8.23The owner must also enter into an agreement
8.24that gives local units of government,
8.25housing and redevelopment authorities,
8.26and nonprofit housing organizations the
8.27right of first refusal if the rental property
8.28is offered for sale. Priority must be given
8.29among comparable federally assisted rental
8.30properties to properties with the longest
8.31remaining term under an agreement for
8.32federal assistance. Priority must also be
8.33given among comparable rental housing
8.34developments to developments that are or
8.35will be owned by local government units, a
9.1housing and redevelopment authority, or a
9.2nonprofit housing organization.
9.3(c) The appropriation also may be used to
9.4finance the acquisition, rehabilitation, and
9.5debt restructuring of existing supportive
9.6housing properties. For purposes of this
9.7subdivision, "supportive housing" means
9.8affordable rental housing with links to
9.9services necessary for individuals, youth, and
9.10families with children to maintain housing
9.11stability.
9.12(d) The base funding for the affordable rental
9.13investment fund program under Minnesota
9.14Statutes, section 462A.21, subdivision 8b,
9.15in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, is $8,996,000
9.16each year.
9.17
Subd. 8.Housing Rehabilitation
5,543,166
5,543,166
9.18This appropriation is for the housing
9.19rehabilitation program under Minnesota
9.20Statutes, section 462A.05, subdivision 14.
9.21
9.22
Subd. 9.Homeownership Education,
Counseling, and Training
751,000
751,000
9.23This appropriation is for the homeownership
9.24education, counseling, and training program
9.25under Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.209.
9.26
Subd. 10.Capacity-Building Grants
125,000
125,000
9.27This appropriation is for nonprofit
9.28capacity-building grants under Minnesota
9.29Statutes, section 462A.21, subdivision 3b.

9.30
9.31
Sec. 5. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND
INDUSTRY
9.32
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
22,866,000
$
22,866,000
9.33
Appropriations by Fund
9.34
2014
2015
10.1
General
966,000
966,000
10.2
10.3
Workers'
Compensation
20,871,000
20,871,000
10.4
10.5
Workforce
Development
1,029,000
1,029,000
10.6The amounts that may be spent for each
10.7purpose are specified in the following
10.8subdivisions.
10.9
Subd. 2.Workers' Compensation
10,678,000
10,678,000
10.10This appropriation is from the workers'
10.11compensation fund.
10.12$200,000 each year is for grants to the
10.13Vinland Center for rehabilitation services.
10.14Grants shall be distributed as the department
10.15refers injured workers to the Vinland Center
10.16for rehabilitation services.
10.17
Subd. 3.Labor Standards and Apprenticeship
1,995,000
1,995,000
10.18
Appropriations by Fund
10.19
General
966,000
966,000
10.20
10.21
Workforce
Development
1,029,000
1,029,000
10.22(a) $816,000 each year is from the
10.23general fund for the labor standards and
10.24apprenticeship program.
10.25(b) $150,000 each year is from the general
10.26fund for a child labor initiative for expanding
10.27education and outreach to high schools and
10.28targeted industries to ensure minors entering
10.29the workforce are safe.
10.30(c) $879,000 each year is appropriated from
10.31the workforce development fund for the
10.32apprenticeship program under Minnesota
10.33Statutes, chapter 178, and includes $100,000
10.34for labor education and advancement
10.35program grants and to expand and promote
11.1registered apprenticeship training in
11.2nonconstruction trade programs.
11.3(d) $150,000 each year is appropriated
11.4from the workforce development fund for
11.5prevailing wage enforcement.
11.6
Subd. 4.Workplace Safety
4,154,000
4,154,000
11.7This appropriation is from the workers'
11.8compensation fund.
11.9
Subd. 5.General Support
6,039,000
6,039,000
11.10This appropriation is from the workers'
11.11compensation fund.

11.12
Sec. 6. EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM
$
16,225,000
$
16,225,000
11.13(a) Of this amount, $12,000 each year is for a
11.14grant to the Upper Minnesota Film Office.
11.15(b)(1) To develop maximum private sector
11.16involvement in tourism, $500,000 in fiscal
11.17year 2014 and $500,000 in fiscal year 2015
11.18must be matched by Explore Minnesota
11.19Tourism from nonstate sources. Each $1 of
11.20state incentive must be matched with $6 of
11.21private sector funding. Cash match is defined
11.22as revenue to the state or documented cash
11.23expenditures directly expended to support
11.24Explore Minnesota Tourism programs. Up
11.25to one-half of the private sector contribution
11.26may be in-kind or soft match. The incentive
11.27in fiscal year 2014 shall be based on fiscal
11.28year 2013 private sector contributions. The
11.29incentive in fiscal year 2015 shall be based on
11.30fiscal year 2014 private sector contributions.
11.31This incentive is ongoing.
11.32(2) Funding for the marketing grants is
11.33available either year of the biennium.
12.1Unexpended grant funds from the first year
12.2are available in the second year.
12.3(3) Unexpended money from the general
12.4fund appropriations made under this section
12.5does not cancel but must be placed in a
12.6special marketing account for use by Explore
12.7Minnesota Tourism for additional marketing
12.8activities.
12.9(c) $325,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $325,000
12.10in fiscal year 2015 are for the Minnesota
12.11Film and TV Board. The appropriation in
12.12each year is available only upon receipt by
12.13the board of $1 in matching contributions
12.14of money or in-kind contributions from
12.15nonstate sources for every $3 provided by
12.16this appropriation, except that each year up
12.17$50,000 is available on July 1 even if the
12.18required matching contribution has not been
12.19received by that date.

12.20
12.21
Sec. 7. DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
$
10,000,000
$
10,000,000
12.22This appropriation is for the transportation
12.23economic development program under
12.24Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.4365.

12.25
12.26
Sec. 8. BUREAU OF MEDIATION
SERVICES
$
1,848,000
$
1,802,000
12.27(a) $68,000 each year is for grants to area
12.28labor management committees. Grants may
12.29be awarded for a 12-month period beginning
12.30July 1 each year. Any unencumbered balance
12.31remaining at the end of the first year does not
12.32cancel but is available for the second year.
12.33(b) $100,000 in fiscal year 2014 is
12.34appropriated from the general fund to the
13.1Bureau of Mediation Services for transfer
13.2to the Office of Enterprise Technology to
13.3develop a new business management system
13.4for case and document management. This is
13.5a onetime appropriation and is available for
13.6spending until June 30, 2015. Any ongoing
13.7information technology support or costs for
13.8this application will be incorporated into the
13.9service level agreement and will be paid to
13.10the Office of Enterprise Technology by the
13.11Bureau of Mediation Services under the rates
13.12and mechanism specified in that agreement.
13.13Of this amount, $25,000 each year is added
13.14to the Bureau of Mediation Services base
13.15budget to cover the information technology
13.16support costs for this application.

13.17
Sec. 9. BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY
$
480,000
$
480,000

13.18
13.19
13.20
13.21
Sec. 10. BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE,
ENGINEERING, LAND SURVEYING,
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE,
GEOSCIENCE, AND INTERIOR DESIGN
$
774,000
$
774,000

13.22
13.23
Sec. 11. BOARD OF COSMETOLOGIST
EXAMINERS
$
1,046,000
$
1,046,000

13.24
Sec. 12. BOARD OF BARBER EXAMINERS
$
257,000
$
257,000

13.25
13.26
Sec. 13. WORKERS' COMPENSATION
COURT OF APPEALS
$
1,913,000
$
1,703,000
13.27This appropriation is from the workers'
13.28compensation fund.
13.29Of this appropriation, $110,000 is a
13.30onetime appropriation and is available for
13.31spending until June 30, 2015. $110,000 in
13.32fiscal year 2014 is appropriated from the
13.33workers' compensation fund to the Workers'
14.1Compensation Court of Appeals for transfer
14.2to the Office of Enterprise Technology to
14.3develop a paperless case management system
14.4and to ensure that services and hardware
14.5are accessible and compatible with systems
14.6with which the Workers' Compensation
14.7Court of Appeals must interact. This is a
14.8onetime appropriation and is available for
14.9spending until June 30, 2015. Any ongoing
14.10information technology support or costs for
14.11this application will be incorporated into the
14.12service level agreement and will be paid to
14.13the Office of Enterprise Technology by the
14.14Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals
14.15under the rates and mechanism specified in
14.16that agreement.

14.17ARTICLE 2
14.18DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY

14.19    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.184, subdivision 1, is amended to
14.20read:
14.21    Subdivision 1. Permits. No person may construct, install, alter, repair, or remove
14.22an elevator without first filing an application for a permit with the department or a
14.23municipality authorized by subdivision 4 to inspect elevators. A permit issued by the
14.24department is valid for work commenced within 12 months of application and completed
14.25within two years of application. Where no work is commenced within 12 months of
14.26application, an applicant may cancel the permit and request a refund of inspection fees.

14.27    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.184, is amended by adding a
14.28subdivision to read:
14.29    Subd. 1a. Department permit and inspection fees. (a) The department permit and
14.30inspection fees to construct, install, alter, repair, or remove an elevator are as follows:
14.31(1) the permit fee is $100;
14.32(2) the inspection fee is 0.015 of the total cost of the permitted work for labor and
14.33materials, including related electrical and mechanical equipment. The inspection fee
14.34covers two inspections. The inspection fee for additional inspections is $80 per hour;
15.1(3) when inspections scheduled by the permit submitter are not able to be completed
15.2because the work is not complete, a fee equal to two hours at the hourly rate of $80 must
15.3be paid by the permit submitter; and
15.4(4) when the owner or permit holder requests inspections be performed outside of
15.5normal work hours or on weekends or holidays, an hourly rate of $120 in addition to
15.6the inspection fee must be paid.
15.7(b) The department fees for inspection of existing elevators when requested by the
15.8elevator owner or as a result of an accident resulting in personal injury are at an hourly rate
15.9of $80 during normal work hours or $120 outside of normal work hours or on weekends or
15.10holidays, with a one-hour minimum.

15.11    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.184, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
15.12    Subd. 2. Operating permits and fees; periodic inspections. (a) No person may
15.13operate an elevator without first obtaining an annual operating permit from the department
15.14or a municipality authorized by subdivision 4 to issue annual operating permits. A $100
15.15annual operating permit fee must be paid to the department for each annual operating
15.16permit issued by the department, except that the original annual operating permit must
15.17be included in the permit fee for the initial installation of the elevator. Annual operating
15.18permits must be issued at 12-month intervals from the date of the initial annual operating
15.19permit. For each subsequent year, an owner must be granted an annual operating permit
15.20for the elevator upon the owner's or owner's agent's submission of a form prescribed by
15.21the commissioner and payment of the $100 fee. Each form must include the location of
15.22the elevator, the results of any periodic test required by the code, and any other criteria
15.23established by rule. An annual operating permit may be revoked by the commissioner upon
15.24an audit of the periodic testing results submitted with the application or a failure to comply
15.25with elevator code requirements, inspections, or any other law related to elevators. Except
15.26for an initial operating permit fee, hand-powered manlifts and electric endless belt manlifts,
15.27 and vertical reciprocating conveyors are not subject to a subsequent operating permit fee.
15.28(b) All elevators are subject to periodic inspections by the department or a
15.29municipality authorized by subdivision 4 to perform periodic inspections, except that
15.30hand-powered manlifts and electric endless belt manlifts are exempt from periodic
15.31inspections. Periodic inspections by the department shall be performed at the following
15.32intervals:
15.33(1) a special purpose personnel elevator is subject to inspection not more than once
15.34every five years;
16.1(2) an elevator located within a house of worship that does not have attached school
16.2facilities is subject to inspection not more than once every three years; and
16.3(3) all other elevators are subject to inspection not more than once each year.

16.4    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.37, is amended by adding a subdivision
16.5to read:
16.6    Subd. 15. Utility interconnected wind generation installations. (a) Fees
16.7associated with utility interconnected generation installations consisting of one or more
16.8generator sources interconnected with a utility power system and not supplying other
16.9premises loads are calculated according to paragraph (b) or (c).
16.10(b) The inspection fee is calculated according to subdivisions 2, 3, 4, and 6,
16.11paragraphs (d), (f), (j), and (k). A fee must be included for the generators and utility
16.12interconnect feeders, but not for a utility service.
16.13(c) There is a plan review fee and inspection fee for the entire electrical installation.
16.14The plan review fee is based on the valuation of the electrical installation related to one of
16.15the generator systems that is part of the overall installation, not to include the supporting
16.16tower or other nonelectrical equipment or structures, calculated according to section
16.17326B.153, subdivision 2. The inspection fee is $80 for each individual tower, including
16.18any voltage matching transformers located at the tower, and the fee for the feeders
16.19interconnecting the individual towers to the utility power system is calculated according to
16.20subdivisions 4 and 6, paragraph (k).

16.21    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.49, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
16.22    Subd. 2. Fees for plan reviews and audits. Plumbing system plans and
16.23specifications that are submitted to the commissioner for review shall be accompanied by
16.24the appropriate plan examination fees. If the commissioner determines, upon review of
16.25the plans, that inadequate fees were paid, the necessary additional fees shall be paid prior
16.26to plan approval. The commissioner shall charge the following fees for plan reviews and
16.27audits of plumbing installations for public, commercial, and industrial buildings:
16.28    (1) systems with both water distribution and drain, waste, and vent systems and
16.29having:
16.30    (i) 25 or fewer drainage fixture units, $150;
16.31    (ii) 26 to 50 drainage fixture units, $250;
16.32    (iii) 51 to 150 drainage fixture units, $350;
16.33    (iv) 151 to 249 drainage fixture units, $500;
17.1    (v) 250 or more drainage fixture units, $3 per drainage fixture unit to a maximum
17.2of $4,000; and
17.3    (vi) interceptors, separators, or catch basins, $70 per interceptor, separator, or catch
17.4basin design;
17.5    (2) building sewer service only, $150;
17.6    (3) building water service only, $150;
17.7    (4) building water distribution system only, no drainage system, $5 per supply
17.8fixture unit or $150, whichever is greater;
17.9    (5) storm drainage system, a minimum fee of $150 or:
17.10    (i) $50 per drain opening, up to a maximum of $500; and
17.11    (ii) $70 per interceptor, separator, or catch basin design;
17.12    (6) manufactured home park or campground, one to 25 sites, $300;
17.13    (7) manufactured home park or campground, 26 to 50 sites, $350;
17.14    (8) manufactured home park or campground, 51 to 125 sites, $400;
17.15    (9) manufactured home park or campground, more than 125 sites, $500; and
17.16    (10) accelerated review, double the regular fee, one-half to be refunded if no
17.17response from the commissioner within 15 business days; and
17.18    (11) (10) revision to previously reviewed or incomplete plans:
17.19    (i) review of plans for which the commissioner has issued two or more requests for
17.20additional information, per review, $100 or ten percent of the original fee, whichever
17.21is greater;
17.22    (ii) proposer-requested revision with no increase in project scope, $50 or ten percent
17.23of original fee, whichever is greater; and
17.24    (iii) proposer-requested revision with an increase in project scope, $50 plus the
17.25difference between the original project fee and the revised project fee.
17.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 1, 2014.

17.27    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 326B.49, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
17.28    Subd. 3. Inspection Permits; fees. The commissioner shall charge the following
17.29fees for inspections under sections 326B.42 to 326B.49:
17.30
Residential inspection fee (each visit)
$
50
17.31
Public, Commercial, and Industrial Inspections
Inspection Fee
17.32
25 or fewer drainage fixture units
$
300
17.33
26 to 50 drainage fixture units
$
900
17.34
51 to 150 drainage fixture units
$
1,200
17.35
151 to 249 drainage fixture units
$
1,500
18.1
250 or more drainage fixture units
$
1,800
18.2
Callback fee (each visit)
$
100
18.3(a) The permit fee is $100.
18.4(b) The residential inspection fee is $50 for each inspection trip.
18.5(c) The public, commercial, and industrial inspection fees are as follows:
18.6(1) for systems with water distribution, drain, waste, and vent system connection:
18.7(i) $25 for each fixture, permanently connected appliance, floor drain, or other
18.8appurtenance;
18.9    (ii) $25 for each water conditioning, water treatment, or water filtration system;
18.10(iii) $25 for each interceptor, separator, catch basin, or manhole;
18.11(2) roof drains, $25 for each drain;
18.12(3) building sewer service only, $100;
18.13(4) building water service only, $100;
18.14(5) building water distribution system only, no drainage system, $5 for each fixture
18.15supplied;
18.16(6) storm drainage system, a minimum fee of $25 for each drain opening, interceptor,
18.17separator, or catch basin;
18.18(7) manufactured home park or campground, $25 for each site;
18.19(8) reinspection fee to verify corrections, regardless of the total fee submitted, $100
18.20for each reinspection; and
18.21(9) each $100 in fees paid covers one inspection trip.
18.22(d) In addition to the fees in paragraph (c), the fee submitter must pay an hourly rate of
18.23$80 during regular business hours, or $120 when inspections are requested to be performed
18.24outside of normal work hours or on weekends and holidays, with a two-hour minimum
18.25where the fee submitter requests inspections of installations as systems are being installed.
18.26(e) The fee submitter must pay a fee equal to two hours at the hourly rate of $80
18.27when inspections scheduled by the submitter are not able to be completed because the
18.28work is not complete.

18.29    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 341.321, is amended to read:
18.30341.321 FEE SCHEDULE.
18.31    (a) The fee schedule for professional licenses issued by the commissioner is as
18.32follows:
18.33    (1) referees, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
18.34    (2) promoters, $400 $700 for each initial license and each renewal;
18.35    (3) judges and knockdown judges, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.1    (4) trainers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.2    (5) ring announcers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.3    (6) seconds, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.4    (7) timekeepers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.5    (8) combatants, $45 $120 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.6    (9) managers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal; and
19.7    (10) ringside physicians, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal.
19.8In addition to the license fee and the late filing penalty fee in section 341.32, subdivision
19.92
, if applicable, an individual who applies for a professional license on the same day the
19.10combative sporting event is held shall pay a late fee of $100 plus the original license fee of
19.11$45 $120 at the time the application is submitted.
19.12    (b) The fee schedule for amateur licenses issued by the commissioner is as follows:
19.13    (1) referees, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.14    (2) promoters, $400 $700 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.15    (3) judges and knockdown judges, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.16    (4) trainers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.17    (5) ring announcers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.18    (6) seconds, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.19    (7) timekeepers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.20    (8) combatant, $25 $60 for each initial license and each renewal;
19.21    (9) managers, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal; and
19.22    (10) ringside physicians, $45 $80 for each initial license and each renewal.
19.23    (c) The commissioner shall establish a contest fee for each combative sport contest.
19.24The professional combative sport contest fee is $1,500 per event or not more than four
19.25percent of the gross ticket sales, whichever is greater, as determined by the commissioner
19.26when the combative sport contest is scheduled, except that the amateur combative sport
19.27contest fee shall be $500 $1,500 or not more than four percent of the gross ticket sales,
19.28whichever is greater. The commissioner shall consider the size and type of venue when
19.29establishing a contest fee. The commissioner may establish the maximum number
19.30of complimentary tickets allowed for each event by rule. A professional or amateur
19.31combative sport contest fee is nonrefundable.
19.32    (d) All fees and penalties collected by the commissioner must be deposited in the
19.33commissioner account in the special revenue fund.

19.34    Sec. 8. REPEALER.
19.35Minnesota Rules, part 1307.0032, is repealed.

20.1ARTICLE 3
20.2DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

20.3    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116J.8731, subdivision 2, is amended to
20.4read:
20.5    Subd. 2. Administration. The commissioner shall administer the fund as part of
20.6the Small Cities Development Block Grant Program. Funds shall be made available to
20.7local communities and recognized Indian tribal governments in accordance with the rules
20.8adopted for economic development grants in the small cities community development
20.9block grant program, except that all units of general purpose local government are eligible
20.10applicants for Minnesota investment funds. The commissioner may provide forgivable
20.11loans directly to a private enterprise and not require a local community or recognized
20.12Indian tribal government application other than a resolution supporting the assistance.
20.13 The commissioner may also make funds available within the department for eligible
20.14expenditures under subdivision 3, clause (2). A home rule charter or statutory city, county,
20.15or town may loan or grant money received from repayment of funds awarded under
20.16this section to a regional development commission, other regional entity, or statewide
20.17community capital fund as determined by the commissioner, to capitalize or to provide the
20.18local match required for capitalization of a regional or statewide revolving loan fund.

20.19    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116J.8731, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
20.20    Subd. 3. Eligible expenditures. The money appropriated for this section may
20.21be used to:
20.22(1) fund loans or grants for infrastructure, loans, loan guarantees, interest buy-downs,
20.23and other forms of participation with private sources of financing, provided that a loan to
20.24a private enterprise must be for a principal amount not to exceed one-half of the cost of
20.25the project for which financing is sought;
20.26(2) fund strategic investments in renewable energy market development, such as
20.27low interest loans for renewable energy equipment manufacturing, training grants to
20.28support renewable energy workforce, development of a renewable energy supply chain
20.29that represents and strengthens the industry throughout the state, and external marketing
20.30to garner more national and international investment into Minnesota's renewable sector.
20.31Expenditures in external marketing for renewable energy market development are not
20.32subject to the limitations in clause (1); and
20.33(3) provide private entrepreneurs with training, other technical assistance, and
20.34financial assistance, as provided in the small cities development block grant program.

21.1    Sec. 3. [116J.8748] MINNESOTA JOB CREATION FUND.
21.2    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
21.3have the meanings given.
21.4(b) "Agreement" or "business subsidy agreement" means a business subsidy
21.5agreement under section 116J.994 that must include, but is not limited to: specification
21.6of the duration of the agreement, job goals and a timeline for achieving those goals over
21.7the duration of the agreement, construction and other investment goals and a timeline for
21.8achieving those goals over the duration of the agreement, and the value of benefits the
21.9firm may receive following achievement of construction and employment goals. The local
21.10government and business must report to the commissioner on the business performance
21.11using the forms developed by the commissioner.
21.12(c) "Business" means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability
21.13company, association, or other entity.
21.14(d) "Capital investment" means money that is expended for the purpose of building
21.15or improving real fixed property where employees under paragraphs (g) and (h) are or will
21.16be employed and also includes construction materials, services, and supplies.
21.17(e) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic
21.18development.
21.19(f) "Minnesota job creation fund business" means a business that is designated
21.20by the commissioner under subdivision 3.
21.21(g) "New full-time employee" means an employee who:
21.22(1) begins work at a Minnesota job creation fund business facility noted in a business
21.23subsidy agreement and following the execution of the agreement; and
21.24(2) has expected work hours of at least 2,080 hours annually.
21.25(h) "Retained job" means a full-time position:
21.26(1) that existed at the facility prior to the execution of the agreement; and
21.27(2) has expected work hours of at least 2,080 hours annually.
21.28(i) "Wages" has the meaning given in section 290.92, subdivision 1, clause (1).
21.29    Subd. 2. Application. (a) In order to qualify for designation as a Minnesota job
21.30creation fund business under subdivision 3, a business must submit an application to the
21.31local government entity where the facility is or will be located.
21.32(b) A local government must submit the business application along with other
21.33application materials to the commissioner for approval.
21.34(c) The applications required under paragraphs (a) and (b) must be in the form and
21.35be made under the procedures specified by the commissioner.
22.1    Subd. 3. Minnesota job creation fund business designation; requirements. (a)
22.2To receive designation as a Minnesota job creation fund business, a business must satisfy
22.3all of the following conditions:
22.4(1) the business is or will be engaged in, within Minnesota, one of the following
22.5as its primary business activity:
22.6(i) manufacturing;
22.7(ii) warehousing;
22.8(iii) distribution;
22.9(iv) information technology;
22.10(v) finance;
22.11(vi) insurance; or
22.12(vii) professional or technical services;
22.13(2) the business must not be primarily engaged in lobbying; gambling; entertainment;
22.14professional sports; political consulting; leisure; hospitality; or professional services
22.15provided by attorneys, accountants, business consultants, physicians, or health care
22.16consultants; or primarily engaged in making retail sales to purchasers who are physically
22.17present at the business's location;
22.18(3) the business must enter into a binding construction and job creation business
22.19subsidy agreement with the commissioner to expend at least $500,000 in capital
22.20investment in a construction project that includes a new, expanded, or remodeled facility
22.21within one year following designation as a Minnesota job creation fund business and:
22.22(i) create at least ten new full-time employee positions within two years of the
22.23benefit date following the designation as a Minnesota job creation fund business; or
22.24(ii) expend at least $25,000,000 in capital investment and retain at least 200
22.25employees;
22.26(4) positions or employees moved or relocated from another Minnesota location
22.27of the Minnesota job creation fund business must not be included in any calculation or
22.28determination of job creation or new positions under this paragraph; and
22.29(5) a Minnesota job creation fund business must not terminate, lay off, or reduce
22.30the working hours of an employee for the purpose of hiring an individual to satisfy job
22.31creation goals under this subdivision.
22.32(b) Prior to approving the proposed designation of a business under this subdivision,
22.33the commissioner shall consider the following:
22.34(1) the economic outlook of the industry in which the business engages;
22.35(2) the projected sales of the business that will be generated from outside the state
22.36of Minnesota;
23.1(3) how the business will build on existing regional, national, and international
23.2strengths to diversify the state's economy;
23.3(4) whether the business activity would occur without financial assistance;
23.4(5) whether the business is unable to expand at an existing Minnesota operation
23.5due to facility or land limitations;
23.6(6) whether the business has viable location options outside Minnesota;
23.7(7) the effect of financial assistance on industry competitors in Minnesota;
23.8(8) financial contributions to the project made by local governments; and
23.9(9) any other criteria the commissioner deems necessary.
23.10(c) Upon receiving notification of local approval under subdivision 2, the
23.11commissioner shall review the determination by the local government and consider the
23.12conditions listed in paragraphs (a) and (b), to determine whether it is in the best interests of
23.13the state and local area to designate a business as a Minnesota job creation fund business.
23.14(d) If the commissioner designates a business as a Minnesota job creation fund
23.15business, the business subsidy agreement shall include the performance outcome
23.16commitments and the expected financial value of any Minnesota job creation fund benefits.
23.17(e) The commissioner may amend an agreement once, upon request of a local
23.18government on behalf of a business, only if the performance is expected to exceed
23.19thresholds stated in the original agreement.
23.20(f) A business may apply to be designated as a Minnesota job creation fund business
23.21at the same location more than once only if all goals under a previous Minnesota job
23.22creation fund agreement had been met and the agreement was completed.
23.23    Subd. 4. Certification; benefits. (a) The commissioner may certify a Minnesota job
23.24creation fund business as eligible to receive a specific value of benefit under paragraphs
23.25(b) and (c) when the business has achieved its job creation and construction goals noted in
23.26its agreement under subdivision 3.
23.27(b) A qualified Minnesota job creation fund business may be certified eligible for the
23.28benefits in this paragraph for up to five years as determined by the commissioner when
23.29considering the best interests of the state and local area. The eligibility for the following
23.30benefits begins the date the commissioner certifies the business as a qualified Minnesota
23.31job creation fund business under this subdivision:
23.32(1) up to five percent rebate on capital investment on qualifying purchases as
23.33provided in subdivision 5 with the total rebate for a project not to exceed $500,000;
23.34(2) an award of up to $500,000 based on full-time job creation and wages paid as
23.35provided in subdivision 6 with the total award not to exceed $500,000;
24.1(3) up to $1,000,000 in capital investment rebates and $1,000,000 in job creation
24.2awards are allowable for projects that have at least $25,000,000 in capital investment and
24.3200 new employees; and
24.4(4) up to $1,000,000 in capital investment rebates are allowable for projects that
24.5have at least $25,000,000 in capital investment and 200 retained employees.
24.6(c) The job creation award may be provided in multiple years as long as the qualified
24.7Minnesota job creation fund business continues to meet the job creation goals provided
24.8for in its agreement under subdivision 3 and the total award does not exceed $500,000
24.9except as provided under paragraph (b), clauses (3) and (4).
24.10(d) No rebates or award may be provided until the Minnesota job creation fund
24.11business has at least $500,000 in capital investment in the project and at least ten full-time
24.12jobs have been created and maintained for at least one year or the retained employees, as
24.13provided in paragraph (b), clause (4), remain for at least one year. The agreement may
24.14require additional performance outcomes that need to be achieved before rebates and
24.15awards are provided. If fewer retained jobs are maintained, the capital investment award
24.16shall be reduced on a proportionate basis.
24.17(e) The forms needed to be submitted to document performance by the Minnesota
24.18job creation fund business must be in the form and be made under the procedures specified
24.19by the commissioner. The forms shall include documentation and certification by the
24.20business that it is in compliance with the business subsidy agreement, sections 116L.66,
24.21116J.871, and other provisions as specified by the commissioner.
24.22(f) Minnesota job creation fund businesses must pay each new full-time employee
24.23added pursuant to the agreement total compensation, including benefits not mandated by
24.24law, that on an annualized basis is equal to at least 110 percent of the federal poverty
24.25level for a family of four.
24.26    Subd. 5. Capital investment rebate. (a) A qualified Minnesota job creation fund
24.27business is eligible for a rebate on the purchase and use of construction materials, services,
24.28and supplies used for or consumed in the construction project as described in the goals
24.29under the agreement provided under subdivision 1, paragraph (a).
24.30(b) The rebate under this subdivision applies regardless of whether the purchases are
24.31made by the qualified Minnesota job creation fund business or a contractor hired to perform
24.32work or provide services at the qualified Minnesota job creation fund business location.
24.33(c) Minnesota job creation fund businesses seeking the rebate for capital investment
24.34provided under subdivision 4 must submit forms and applications to the Department of
24.35Employment and Economic Development as prescribed by the commissioner of each
24.36department.
25.1    Subd. 6. Job creation award. (a) A qualified Minnesota job creation fund business
25.2is eligible for an annual award for each new job created and maintained by the business
25.3using the following schedule: $1,000 for each job position paying annual wages at least
25.4$26,000 but less than $35,000; $2,000 for each job position paying at least $35,000 but
25.5less than $45,000; and $3,000 for each job position paying at least $45,000; and as noted
25.6in the goals under the agreement provided under subdivision 1.
25.7(b) The job creation award schedule must be adjusted annually using the percentage
25.8increase in the federal poverty level for a family of four.
25.9(c) Minnesota job creation fund businesses seeking an award credit provided under
25.10subdivision 4 must submit forms and applications to the Department of Employment and
25.11Economic Development as prescribed by the commissioner.
25.12    Subd. 7. Rules. The procedures and operations used by the commissioner are
25.13exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14.
25.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 1, 2014.

25.15    Sec. 4. [116J.978] MINNESOTA TRADE OFFICES IN FOREIGN MARKETS.
25.16    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of employment and economic
25.17development shall, by July 1, 2014, establish three new Minnesota Trade Offices in key
25.18foreign markets selected by the commissioner for their potential to increase Minnesota
25.19exports and attract foreign direct investment.
25.20    Subd. 2. Duties. The duties of each office may include, with regard to their
25.21respective market areas, the duties stated in section 116J.966.
25.22    Subd. 3. Discretionary powers. Each office may:
25.23(1) apply for, accept, and disburse grants and other aids from the federal government
25.24and other public or private sources;
25.25(2) sponsor and conduct conferences and studies, collect and disseminate
25.26information, and issue reports relating to trade with and foreign direct investment in
25.27Minnesota companies; and
25.28(3) establish a Web site in furtherance of its duties.
25.29    Subd. 4. Staff. Each office may employ staff necessary to carry out the office's
25.30duties under subdivision 2.
25.31    Subd. 5. Accountability. (a) The commissioner shall establish a performance
25.32rating system for each office and create specific annual goals for the offices to meet. The
25.33commissioner shall monitor activities of the office, including, but not limited to, the number
25.34of inquires and projects received and completed; meetings arranged between Minnesota
25.35companies and potential investors, distributors, or customers; and agreements signed.
26.1(b) The commissioner shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority
26.2members of the committees and divisions in the senate and house of representatives with
26.3primary jurisdiction over economic development by February 15 of each odd-numbered
26.4year. The report shall include the performance ratings of each office and shall specify
26.5for each office the number of inquiries and projects received and completed; meetings
26.6arranged between Minnesota companies and potential investors, distributors, or customers;
26.7and agreements signed.

26.8    Sec. 5. [116J.979] MINNESOTA STEP GRANTS.
26.9    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of employment and economic
26.10development shall create a State Trade and Export Promotion grants program, hereafter
26.11STEP grants, to provide financial and technical assistance to eligible Minnesota small
26.12businesses with an active interest in exporting products or services to foreign markets.
26.13    Subd. 2. Grants. Recipients may apply, on an application devised by the
26.14commissioner, for up to $7,500 in reimbursement for approved export-development
26.15activities, including, but not limited to:
26.16(1) participation in trade missions;
26.17(2) export training;
26.18(3) exhibition at trade shows or industry-specific events;
26.19(4) translation of marketing materials;
26.20(5) development of foreign language Web sites, Gold Key, or other business
26.21matchmaking services;
26.22(6) company-specific international sales activities; and
26.23(7) testing and certification required to sell products in foreign markets.

26.24    Sec. 6. [116J.9801] INVEST MINNESOTA.
26.25The commissioner shall establish the Invest Minnesota marketing initiative. This
26.26initiative must focus on branding the state's economic development initiatives and
26.27promoting Minnesota business opportunities. The initiative may include measures to
26.28communicate the benefits of doing business in Minnesota to companies considering
26.29relocating, establishing a United States presence, or expanding.

26.30    Sec. 7. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EMPLOYER TAX REDUCTION.
26.31(a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.051, subdivision 2, if, on
26.32September 30, 2013, the balance in the Minnesota Unemployment Trust Fund is more than
26.33$800,000,000, the base tax rate for calendar year 2014 is 0.1 percent and there will be no
27.1additional assessment assigned. If, on September 30, 2014, the balance in the Minnesota
27.2Unemployment Trust Fund is more than $900,000,000, the base tax rate for calendar year
27.32015 is 0.1 percent and there will be no additional assessment assigned.
27.4(b) This section expires December 31, 2015.

27.5ARTICLE 4
27.6DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

27.7    Section 1. [116J.4365] TRANSPORTATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
27.8ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
27.9    Subdivision 1. Program established. (a) The commissioners of transportation and
27.10employment and economic development shall develop and implement a transportation
27.11economic development assistance program as provided in this section, for providing
27.12financial assistance on a geographically balanced basis through competitive grants
27.13for projects in all modes of transportation that provide measurable local, regional, or
27.14statewide economic benefit.
27.15(b) The commissioners of transportation and employment and economic
27.16development may provide financial assistance for a transportation project at their
27.17discretion, subject to the requirements of this section.
27.18    Subd. 2. Transportation economic development account. (a) A transportation
27.19economic development account is established in the special revenue fund under the
27.20budgetary jurisdiction of the senate and house of representatives committees having
27.21jurisdiction over transportation finance. The account consists of funds donated, allotted,
27.22transferred, or otherwise provided to the account.
27.23(b) Money in the account may be expended only as appropriated by law.
27.24(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the account may not contain money transferred
27.25or otherwise provided from the trunk highway fund.
27.26    Subd. 3. Program administration. In implementing the transportation economic
27.27development assistance program, the commissioners of transportation and employment
27.28and economic development shall make reasonable efforts to (1) publicize each solicitation
27.29for applications among all eligible recipients, and (2) provide technical and informational
27.30assistance in creating and submitting applications.
27.31    Subd. 4. Economic impact performance measures. The commissioner of
27.32employment and economic development shall develop economic impact performance
27.33measures to analyze projects for which financial assistance under this section is being
27.34applied for or has been previously provided.
28.1    Subd. 5. Financial assistance; criteria. The commissioners of transportation and
28.2employment and economic development shall establish criteria for evaluating projects
28.3for financial assistance under this section. At a minimum, the criteria must provide an
28.4objective method to prioritize and select projects on the basis of:
28.5(1) the extent to which the project provides measurable economic benefit;
28.6(2) consistency with relevant state and local transportation plans;
28.7(3) the availability and commitment of funding or in-kind assistance for the project
28.8from nonpublic sources;
28.9(4) the need for the project as part of the overall transportation system;
28.10(5) the extent to which completion of the project will improve the movement of
28.11people and freight; and
28.12(6) geographic balance as required under subdivision 7, paragraph (b).
28.13    Subd. 6. Financial assistance; project evaluation process. (a) Following the
28.14criteria established under subdivision 4, the commissioner of employment and economic
28.15development shall (1) evaluate proposed projects, and (2) certify those that may receive
28.16financial assistance.
28.17(b) As part of the project evaluation process, the commissioner of transportation
28.18shall certify that a project constitutes an eligible and appropriate transportation project.
28.19    Subd. 7. Financial assistance; awards. (a) The financial assistance awarded by the
28.20commissioners of transportation and employment and economic development may not
28.21exceed 70 percent of a project's total costs.
28.22(b) The commissioners of transportation and employment and economic development
28.23shall ensure that financial assistance is provided in a manner that is balanced throughout
28.24the state, including with respect to (1) the number of projects receiving funding in a
28.25particular geographic location or region of the state, and (2) the total amount of financial
28.26assistance provided for projects in a particular geographic location or region of the state.
28.27    Subd. 8. Legislative report. (a) By February 1 of each odd-numbered year, the
28.28commissioner of transportation, with assistance from the commissioner of employment
28.29and economic development, shall submit a report on the transportation economic
28.30development assistance program to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
28.31house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over transportation
28.32policy and finance.
28.33(b) At a minimum, the report must:
28.34(1) summarize the requirements and implementation of the transportation economic
28.35development assistance program established in this section;
29.1(2) review the criteria and economic impact performance measures used for
29.2evaluation, prioritization, and selection of projects;
29.3(3) provide a brief overview of each project that received financial assistance under
29.4the program, which must at a minimum identify:
29.5(i) basic project characteristics, such as funding recipient, geographic location,
29.6and type of transportation modes served;
29.7(ii) sources and respective amounts of project funding; and
29.8(iii) the degree of economic benefit anticipated or observed, following the economic
29.9impact performance measures established under subdivision 4;
29.10(4) identify the allocation of funds, including but not limited to a breakdown of total
29.11project funds by transportation mode, the amount expended for administrative costs, and
29.12the amount transferred to the transportation economic development assistance account;
29.13(5) evaluate the overall economic impact of the program consistent with the
29.14accountability measurement requirements under section 116J.997; and
29.15(6) provide recommendations for any legislative changes related to the program.

29.16ARTICLE 5
29.17REPEAL MINNESOTA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY

29.18    Section 1. REPEALER.
29.19Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 116W.01; 116W.02; 116W.03; 116W.035;
29.20116W.04; 116W.05; 116W.06; 116W.20; 116W.21; 116W.23; 116W.24; 116W.25;
29.21116W.26; 116W.27; 116W.28; 116W.29; 116W.30; 116W.31; 116W.32; 116W.33; and
29.22116W.34, are repealed.
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