Minn. Senate OKs Cuts To Health, Welfare Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A budget bill that would slice into projected spending on health care and social services programs has cleared the Minnesota Senate.

The Senate voted 36-28 on Wednesday to move the bill to the House, despite opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Democratic governor says he will reject individual spending bills until he has a budget deal with the Republican-controlled Legislature. They’re still split over taxes and spending with five days left in the regular legislative session.

The health and welfare bill would pare $1.6 billion from projected spending by cutting into services for people with disabilities, welfare supports and health care programs. It would repeal a Medicaid health care expansion for more than 100,000 vulnerable adults that Dayton made a top priority.

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