MPR News: Bills slowly take shape as session deadline looms

MPR News: Bills slowly take shape as session deadline looms

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

By Tim Pugmire (with Brian Bakst)

Facing a midnight Sunday deadline to pass bills, Minnesota lawmakers were still busy Saturday trying craft compromises on several big, outstanding issues.

House and Senate negotiators inched closer to an agreement on how to spend the state’s $900 million surplus. They’re also trying to satisfy Gov. Mark Dayton’s most critical demands for a supplemental budget.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said the spending will be roughly $300 million, including $35 million for rural broadband, $35 million for racial equity initiatives and $25 million universal pre-kindergarten. Bakk said the equity money, while less that what Dayton requested, will have an ongoing appropriation.

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