Minnesota Legislature Approves Budget Deal But Will Still Have Overtime Special Session

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On Monday, May 22nd at 11:15pm, just 45 minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of the 2017 legislative session, legislators and Governor Dayton announced that they had come to a deal regarding how to spend the $46 billion budget over the next 2 years. Areas of focus include tax cuts, transportation, health and human services, and public schools.

The budget has been an area of controversy and concern throughout the session, similar to past sessions. Though a deal was reached, time is still needed to complete the details. A special session will allow legislators until Wednesday, May 24th to approve a $990 million state building measure, an $18 billion school budget, and $14 billion for health and human services programs.

Only an outline of their deal has been released regarding exactly how the money will be spent.

Transportation

 

The Pioneer Press reported “Leaders sparred over how to pay for maintaining the state’s roads and bridges as well as how much state money to spend on public transit. Dayton hoped to create a new funding stream, but Republicans have stood firm on the notion that existing resources should cover the costs. The final deal spends $300 million more in existing revenue for transportation, with no new sources of revenue.” Most of the new funds are believed to be directed at the Corridors of Commerce program, a good sign for I-94 as past projects have received funding from Corridors of Commerce,

 

Agreement was also reached on a $990 million statewide infrastructure, bonding bill, which is reported to include a number of transportation projects.
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