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June 2012

Tax Reform

Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans has been traveling the state soliciting ideas for tax reform; he hopes to put together a tax reform proposal for Governor Mark Dayton for consideration by the 2013 Legislature. Earlier this year, a legislative proposal to establish a tax reform commission was vetoed.

Large scale examinations of Minnesota’s tax structure occur every couple of decades. The best-known former tax commission study, informally known as the Latimer Report, was published in 1986. A recent Fiscal Focus article, “Lessons from 60 Years of State Tax Commissions,” summarizes the factors that prompted each major tax study and each study’s results.

Frans claims he has no intention of adding to the stack of reports on earlier tax reform efforts, according to a Politics in Minnesota article published last March. Previous tax reform commissions have all published their findings in reports. The reports are available electronically here:

2009: Minnesota’s Millennium (Gov. Pawlenty's 21st Century Tax Reform Commission report)

1986: Final Report of the Minnesota Tax Study Commission (the “Latimer report”) (Volume 1 Volume 2)

1963: Interim Tax Study Commission of 1963-64

1962: Report of the Governor's Minnesota State Tax Study Committee

1956: Report of the Governor’s Minnesota Tax Study Committee

1954: Minnesota’s Tax Structure: Report of the Minnesota Tax Study Commission

1951: Report of the Minnesota Interim Committee on Tax Research

Please contact the Library at refdesk@lrl.leg.mn or 651-296-8338 if you’d like a copy of the Fiscal Focus article or to check out any tax studies.

New & Notable Books and Reports

Many of the items listed below are available electronically. If so, we have provided a link to the document. However, some of the documents may be very long. You can request to borrow our print copy of any of the items by selecting the check-box and clicking on the "Request Items" button.

Agriculture

Short Subjects: Corporate Farm Law (Updated). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Children/Youth/Families

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Child Care Assistance (Updated). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Computers

A Legal Guide to Technology Transactions. Minn. Dept. of Employment and Economic Development; Gray Plant Mooty. April 2012.  Minn. Publication 12-0462.

Master Plan for Information and Telecommunications Technologies and Services. MN.IT Services. 2012. JK6149.A8 I43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0488.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16E.03 Subd. 2

Economic Development

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (6E) Annual Report. Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (Region 6E). 2012. HT393.M62 S59ax 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0495.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 462.393 Subd. 1

Education-Higher

Get Ready/Gear Up: Longitudinal Report. Minn. Office of Higher Education; ACET, Inc.. February 14, 2012. LC4069.6 .G48 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0428.

Legislatively Mandated Performance Measure Update. University of Minnesota Board of Regents. February 29, 2012. LA310.5 .L44 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0482.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 5 Art. 1 Sec. 5 Subd. 3

Education-K-12

K-12 Education Finance Overview. Minn. Dept. of Education. February 2012. LB2826.M6 K56 2011/2012. Minn. Publication 12-0485.

Minnesota School Finance History 1849-2011. Minn. Dept. of Education. April 2012. LB2826.M6 M45 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0484.

Elections

Voting Assistance Guide. Federal Voting Assistance Program. March 2012. Ref JK1873 .V66 2012/2013.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Environment/Natural Resources

Ixodes Scapularis Distribution Study Report (Deer Tick Distribution Study). Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. 2012. QL458.2 .I9 M48 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0463.

Minnesota Falls Dam: Legislative Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. February 24, 2012. TC557.M62 M56 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0461.
Mandated by: 1990 Minn. Laws Chap. 391 Art. 7 Sec. 48 (Minn. Stat. 103G.525)

Safe Drinking Water in Minnesota: A Summary of Drinking Water Protection Activities in Minnesota. Minn. Dept. of Health. May 2012. RA592.M6 S86 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0476.

Fishing

Jensen, Eric. Mille Lacs Lake Creel Survey Report for Open Water Season of 2010 and Winter Season of 2009 - 2010. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. 2011. SH511 .J46 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0458.

Governing/Government-Federal

Federal Staff Directory. Congressional Staff Directories. 2012. Ref JK723 .E9 F44 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Governing/Government-Local

Evaluation Report: Consolidation of Local Governments. Office of the Legislative Auditor. April 2012. JS451.M65 C667 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0475.

Governing/Government-State

Financial Audit Division Report: Minnesota State Board of Investment Financial Statement Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. April 17, 2012.  Minn. Publication 12-0454.

Government Finance

Present Law and Background Information Related to State and Local Government Finance. Joint Committee on Taxation. April 23, 2012. HJ2385 .P747 2012.

Health Care

Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2010. Minn. Dept. of Health. January 2012. HG9397.5.M6 A36 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0479.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 62J.38

Cancer in Minnesota 1988 - 2008. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 2012. RC277.M6 C362 1988/2008. Minn. Publication 12-0477.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 144.672 Subd. 2

Health Care Homes: Annual Report on Implementation. Minn. Dept. of Health; Minn. Dept. of Human Services. May 2012. RA395.A4 M564 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0497.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 4 Sec. 9 (Minn. Stat. 62U.06)
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 2 Sec. 2 Subd. 1 (Minn. Stat. 256B.0752 Subd. 1)

Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report. Minn. Dept. of Health. 2007. HV6548.U62 M56 2007. Minn. Publication 12-0478.
Mandated by: 2001 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 1 Sec. 45 Subd. 5 (Minn. Stat. 145.56)

Uncovering Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicaid Program. U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. April 25, 2012. RA412.4 U6 2012.

Judicial Administration/Courts

Pirius, Rebecca. Short Subjects: State Jury Service (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Labor & Employment Issues

Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report. Minn. Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Statistics. May 2012. HD7103.65 .U62 M512 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0494.

Legislatures

Legislative Coordinating Commission Financial Statements. Legislative Coordinating Commission; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. March 22, 2012. JK6171 .L46 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0416.

Media

Capitol News Coverage Directory. Minn. Senate. May 15, 2012. PN4739.M6 S73 2012.

Parks and Recreation

Annual Use Estimate of the Metropolitan Regional Parks System. Metropolitan Council. May 2012. SB482 .M62 T925 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0493.

Brown's Creek State Trail Master Plan. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. March 8, 2012. GV191.42.M6 B76 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0459.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 86A.09 Subd. 1

Stagecoach State Trail Master Plan. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. March 2012. GV191.42.M6 S73 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0480.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 86A.09 Subd. 1

Public Utilities

Public Power Annual Directory and Statistical Report: Supplement to Public Power Magazine. Public Power Magazine. 2012. Ref HD9685.U4 A746 2012/2013.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Public Welfare

Minnesota EBT Business Task Force. Minn. EBT Business Task Force. April 3, 2012. HV98.M6 M576 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0457.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 1 Sec. 34

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) (Revised). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: General Assistance (Revised). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Minnesota Family Investment Program (Revised). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Regional Governance

Performance Evaluation Report: Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Metropolitan Council. April 2012. HT394.T9 M482 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0465.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 473.13 Subd. 1(a)

Retirement Income

Financial Audit Division Report: Minnesota State Retirement System: Financial Statement Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. May 10, 2012. HJ9865 .A27 no. 12-10. Minn. Publication 12-0481.

Rural Issues

Sullivan, Colbey. Short Subjects: Rural Finance Authority (Updated). House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Substance Abuse

Final Report: Minnesota Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Coalition. Minn. Dept. of Health; Minn. Hospital Association. March 2012. RM146 .M56 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0452.

Transportation

Municipal Screening Board Data. Minn. Dept. of Transportation. June 2012. HE356.M6 M53a 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0464.

Mandated Reports

Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2010. Minn. Dept. of Health. January 2012. HG9397.5.M6 A36 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0479.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 62J.38

Brown's Creek State Trail Master Plan. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. March 8, 2012. GV191.42.M6 B76 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0459.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 86A.09 Subd. 1

Cancer in Minnesota 1988 - 2008. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 2012. RC277.M6 C362 1988/2008. Minn. Publication 12-0477.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 144.672 Subd. 2

Health Care Homes: Annual Report on Implementation. Minn. Dept. of Health; Minn. Dept. of Human Services. May 2012. RA395.A4 M564 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0497.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 4 Sec. 9 (Minn. Stat. 62U.06)
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 2 Sec. 2 Subd. 1 (Minn. Stat. 256B.0752 Subd. 1)

Legislatively Mandated Performance Measure Update. University of Minnesota Board of Regents. February 29, 2012. LA310.5 .L44 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0482.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 5 Art. 1 Sec. 5 Subd. 3

Master Plan for Information and Telecommunications Technologies and Services. MN.IT Services. 2012. JK6149.A8 I43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0488.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16E.03 Subd. 2

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (6E) Annual Report. Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (Region 6E). 2012. HT393.M62 S59ax 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0495.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 462.393 Subd. 1

Minnesota EBT Business Task Force. Minn. EBT Business Task Force. April 3, 2012. HV98.M6 M576 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0457.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 1 Sec. 34

Minnesota Falls Dam: Legislative Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. February 24, 2012. TC557.M62 M56 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0461.
Mandated by: 1990 Minn. Laws Chap. 391 Art. 7 Sec. 48 (Minn. Stat. 103G.525)

Performance Evaluation Report: Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Metropolitan Council. April 2012. HT394.T9 M482 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0465.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 473.13 Subd. 1(a)

Stagecoach State Trail Master Plan. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. March 2012. GV191.42.M6 S73 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0480.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 86A.09 Subd. 1

Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report. Minn. Dept. of Health. 2007. HV6548.U62 M56 2007. Minn. Publication 12-0478.
Mandated by: 2001 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 1 Sec. 45 Subd. 5 (Minn. Stat. 145.56)

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