Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) - Nisswa on the Budget Stalemate
MN's House, Senate and Governor's office are in a stalemate when it comes to their proposed spending budget. The Democratic House proposed spending is $49.8 billion, Democratic Governor Tim Walz is $49.35 billion and the Republican Senate is proposing $47.7 billion. On Monday a compromise was offered by the House of a reduction of $640 million, Governor Walz came down $200 million and the Senate did not change the proposed spending budget. They did offer to search for an additional $200 million in the health and human services budget to put towards education. House Speaker Melissa Hortman and the Governor did not see this as a compromise. See Minn Post's Peter Callaghan's coverage here.
Earlier this week we talked with House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. And before the fishing opener break, we caught up with Senator Paul Gazelka.