This is what compromise looks like
On representative bills from our 2017 legislative session

Bus and light rail fares should cover 80% of operating costs.

As proposed, HF1150 (2017 Regular Session): Establish as a primary objective an increase of the average farebox recovery ratio, calculated for all regular routes and lines operated by the council, to at least 80 percent by 2022.

As enacted, HF3 (2017 Special Session): Requires a report to “include a section that identifies the total ridership, farebox recovery ratio, and per-passenger operating subsidy for (1) each route and line in revenue operation
by a transit provider, including guideways, busways, and regular route bus service; and (2)
demand-response service and special transportation service.”

Businesses that offer apprenticeships to high school students could receive tax breaks.

As proposed, SF2244 (2017 Regular Session):  An employer is allowed a credit equal to $2,000 per secondary school student, age 16 or older, participating in a youth skills program.

As enacted, SF1456 (2017 Regular Session): $500,000 once to the commissioner of labor and industry for grants to local partnerships for the implementation and coordination of local youth skills training programs.

Gov. Dayton lobbied hard for statutory authority in the Real ID bill to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

For example, SF224 (2015 Regular Session): “Driving card” means a class D driver’s license, provisional license, instruction permit, motorized bicycle operator’s permit, or motorized bicycle instruction permit, that is issued or issuable under the laws of this state by the commissioner to a person who is unable to demonstrate lawful presence in this country through current lawful admission status, permanent resident status, indefinite authorized presence status, or United States citizenship.

As enacted, HF470 (2017 Regular Session): The commissioner of public safety is prohibited from adopting any final rule that amends, conflicts with, or has the effect of modifying requirements in Minnesota Rules that require proof of legal status to acquire a driver’s license. State statute remains silent on the issue.


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