ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to devote another $100 million of a budget surplus to spending on pressing needs above his previous proposal.
Dayton said Thursday he made the offer to top lawmakers “in the spirit of accommodation.” Earlier, Dayton had proposed $165 million in spending from Minnesota’s $1.2 billion projected surplus.READ MORE: Minnesota Revenue Dept. Still Assessing What Deal For Tax Relief On Jobless Benefits, PPP Means For Tax Returns
The governor’s move puts him closer to levels in bills approved by the Democratic-led Legislature.READ MORE: Train Derailment In Albert Lea Spilled 40,000 Gallons Of Hydrochloric Acid, Freeborn County Officials Say
Dayton says he wants some of the extra allocations spent on broadband infrastructure expansion, additional prison staffing and court-ordered psychological examinations of sex offenders. Some would also compensate for cost-of-living raises to personal caregivers and for propane price relief adopted earlier this session.
Dayton has also asked lawmakers to dedicate $100 more for a rainy-day reserve and $100 million for tax relief.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis City Leaders Put Forth Vision For New Public Safety Plan
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