Here's what passed, what didn't pass
The 2018 legislative session adjourned sine die at 11:56 p.m. Sunday night. A lot has happened and, thankfully, a lot did not get passed into law by the end of the session. Here is a recap:
Our contract. After using it as a political football since October, the Minnesota Legislature ratified the public employee contracts March 26 with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Pension reform. The same day the Senate passed our contract, the Senate unanimously passed the largest pension reform legislation in state history on a 66-0 vote. However, House Republican leadership delayed taking up and passing the bill on the floor until the last 20 minutes before the end of session.
MAPE worked with a coalition of 26 other stakeholder groups, retirement plan administrators, and Minnesota Management and Budget for more than two years to get these reforms enacted into law. This bill provides a sustainable pension plan for MAPE employees for the next 30 years.
What didn't pass. Just as important are the things that did not pass:
Working with the governor's administration, we successfully fought off attempts to decentralize MNIT Services and outsource most of the employees' work.
We stopped a proposal to severely limit the ability of workers to telecommute, which would have impacted hundreds of MAPE positions at DHS, Revenue, MNIT and other state agencies.
We stopped several proposals to weaken public sector bargaining power, which included requiring health-insurance benefits to be separated from compensation negotiations, prevented agencies from allowing voluntary contributions to be deducted from paychecks, prohibiting fair-share fees to be used for legislative advocacy, and ensured a right-to-work bill did not get enacted.
There were unsuccessful proposals to change the interim approval and final ratification process of state contracts.
Massive cuts to the departments of Revenue and Human Rights also failed to make it into statute.
A proposed constitutional amendment to permanently dedicate general fund revenues from auto part sales taxes to new road and bridge construction, leaving a $168 million hole in the general fund budget and impacting public sector jobs and services, did not make it through the Senate.
We would like to thank everyone for helping to make the 2018 legislative session successful. We are fortunate to have thousands of members who wrote letters, sent emails, sent texts, tweeted, showed up for rallies and came to meet with their legislators. We are thankful for our governor and many legislators who continue to value state employees and the work you do.
It's now critical that we work to elect a governor and House of Representatives that shares those same values this November.