The Minnesota House prepared to vote Wednesday on deep cuts to projected health and welfare spending, the last in a lineup of budget bills, as Republicans who run the Legislature finished their opening offer to solve the state’s $5 billion deficit.
Lawmakers capped a week of budget debate Thursday with a Senate vote for a school funding bill shifting money away from urban districts and House approval of a crime package that toughens sex offender sentences while slashing the budget for Minnesota’s anti-discrimination office.
The Minnesota House of Representatives voted Monday to cut state income and property taxes on businesses while slashing aid to several large cities, fulfilling key Republican priorities and setting the table for a conflict with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
Jarrod Hamdorf has been a math teacher for ten years. His wife’s been a Spanish teacher for nine. They both have master’s degrees. Even though they’re established in their careers, they’re both considering leaving the field.
Legislative Republicans pushing a $1 billion package of spending cuts have softened the long-term effect on cities and counties.