Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has swiftly vetoed a GOP-crafted budget bill cutting $900 million from the state’s budget deficit.
A $900 million package of budget cuts that passed the House is expected to get a vote in the Senate on Thursday.
Minnesota senators voted Thursday to slice $930 million from the state budget, a more modest cut than the House approved last week as the state tries to dig out from a massive deficit.
The Minnesota House ignored Gov. Mark Dayton’s objections and approved $1 billion in state budget cuts Thursday that would affect aid payments for local governments, colleges and community health programs.
Legislation ordering a 15 percent cut in Minnesota government work force costs is getting an airing in a state House committee.
Minnesota local governments, colleges and recipients of social service grants bear the brunt of the first installment of the Legislature’s state budget fix, which leaders of new Republican majorities outlined Tuesday.
With a new state legislature and new Governor in office, Minnesota politicians are looking at a real mess. A projected budget deficit of $6.2 billion isn’t a lot of fun. But how did we get here? What caused Minnesota to be so deep in the hole?
Minnesota’s deficit for the upcoming budget cycle has grown to $6.2 billion, according to a person who was present for a briefing from state finance officials.