At Issue: March 31 - Budget showdown set at state Capitol

March 31, 2019 03:29 PM

Budget Showdown Set for Final Two Months of Legislative Session

The budget proposal stage is now set with less than two months to go in the 2019 legislative session. This week, Senate Republicans and House Democrats both released their two-year budget proposals.


The budget Senate Republicans are proposing totals about $47.6 billion, about $2 billion less than the budget proposed by Governor Tim Walz and House DFL leaders. Senate Republicans are proposing spending increases in E-12 education, health and human services and public safety. However, they're also proposing cuts to other state agencies. This budget also devotes nearly $8.2 billion toward transportation projects. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) says the Senate GOP budget has no new tax increases. 

The House DFL budget is very similar to one proposed by Gov. Walz. It includes major investments in education, health care and local governments. It also includes a tuition freeze at state colleges and universities. The budget from the House DFL also includes a 20 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax and an extension of a health care provider tax that is set to sunset in 2019.

Both sides must come up with a two-year budget agreement by the end of the legislative session on May 20.

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Amanda Theisen

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