Session Daily: House, Senate agree to budget targets — now seek common ground with Gov. Dayton

Session Daily: House, Senate agree to budget targets — now seek common ground with Gov. Dayton

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House Speaker Kurt Daudt discusses details of the House/Senate joint budget targets during an April 28 news conference. Also pictured are (from left) House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, Sen. Julie Rosen, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and Rep. Jim Knoblach. Photo by Paul Battaglia, Session Daily

Source: Session Daily

The House and Senate Republican leaders on Friday unveiled their realigned budget targets as the clock ticks toward a May 22 constitutional deadline for completing legislative work.

Calling the numbers the halfway point between what leaders from each chamber wanted, Republicans said the joint $45.95 billion spending plan includes $1.15 billion in tax collection reductions and a $187 million spending reduction to government agencies, economic development funds and environmental programs.

The plan also includes spending $13.82 billion in health and human services — $2.05 billion above current levels — and a $1.14 billion increase in education spending.

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