Gov. Tim Walz, Legislative Leaders Reach Budget DealThe budget deal does not include any gas tax hike. The health care provider tax that Republicans opposed remains, classrooms get a 2% funding boost for each of the next two years and there's a middle-class income tax cut beginning in 2022.
Gov. Walz Offers Reduced Gas Tax Hike As Budget Meetings ContinueRepublicans have offered to spend $100 million more on education and public safety, but they are saying no to any new taxes. The Governor says the 2% medical provider tax has to stay, but he has come down several times on his spending proposals. His biggest concession is a 4-cent per gallon drop in his gas tax proposal.
Gender Equity, Violence Bills Get Debate Amid Budget BattleSeveral initiatives to promote gender equity and reduce gender-based violence are in play as Minnesota's legislative session nears an end, ranging from a potential overhaul of the state's sexual assault laws to making it easier to sue for sexual harassment.
Senate OKs Budget Bill With Money For New Office BuildingThe Senate has passed a budget bill that funds state government and starts making payments on a new office building for state senators.