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Long List of Amendments Slows Minn. House Budget Vote

Created: 04/03/2014 10:05 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A lengthy debate and dozens of amendments is delaying a Minnesota House vote on a $322 million tax plan.
    
Before discussion of the package began on Thursday, DFL leaders touted increased money for K-12 schools, caregivers for the elderly and disabled and roads battered by winter. They also highlighted expanding statewide access to high-speed broadband.
    
The spending would adjust a $39 billion, two-year budget adopted last spring. Next up is the Senate's plan, which could be approved as early as Monday. Members of both chambers would meet to resolve differences before a package goes to Gov. Mark Dayton.
    
Minnesota's strengthening economy and rising tax collections have led to a $1.2 billion surplus. Lawmakers already put about half that toward tax relief and a reserve fund.

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