By statute, executive branch agencies are required to prepare fiscal notes at the request of the Legislature. A fiscal note estimates the costs, savings, revenue gain, or revenue loss that would result from the implementation of proposed legislation. It is a tool to help legislators better understand how a bill might impact the state budget as a whole, individual agencies, and in some instances, local governments. When a note is requested, Admin's Financial Management and Reporting team notifies the appropriate areas of the agency with a responsibility to review and analyze the bill and complete the fiscal note process. Fiscal note responses should only focus on the fiscal implications of the bill for which the request was made. A quick turnaround time and timely access to information is imperative during the legislative session.
Individual fiscal notes can be viewed using Minnesota Management and Budget's Fiscal Note Tracking System. If you are seeking a fiscal note that is not listed in the tracking system, contact Admin Financial Management and Reporting staff for assistance.
Reference the information below for instructions and guidelines for preparing a fiscal note response. This information is current for 2013 and will be revised as needed. Links to appropriate forms, resources and contacts are also included below.
Admin receives notification from Minnesota Management and Budget when a fiscal note response is required. Admin's Financial Management and Reporting team determines, based on the content of the bill, which divisions should respond. Responding divisions receive an email from the Admin Fiscal-Notes mailbox that includes:
Once divisions are notified of a fiscal note, it is the responsibility of the division to review and analyze the bill and complete the Fiscal Note Worksheet and Fiscal Note Addendum in the timeframe specified. "Urgent" fiscal note requests may require turnaround time of one day or less. When requests are urgent, divisions will receive an email notification and a follow-up phone call. Generally, the timeframe for non-urgent fiscal notes is two to three days.
Submit the completed worksheet and addendum to the Admin Fiscal-Notes mailbox for entry into the state's fiscal note tracking system. To ensure agency knowledge and tracking, please include the Commissioner, Curt Yoakum, Ryan Church, and the appropriate assistant commissioner and division director in the ‘cc’ line. The designated staff will be cc’d on the original distribution of the fiscal note request and a ‘reply all’ will ensure communication with the appropriate agency staff.