State Budget

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

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 Hortm

from MinnPost
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At the end of the last MN Legislative session Governor Mark Dayton did something no governor has done before.  Many before him have vetoed bills, line-item vetoed elements of omnibus bills....but none have vetoed the budget of the Legislature in general. 

It's caused quite a stir that can be difficult to understand, that's why we called in Minn Post reporter Briana Bierschbach to help us make heads or tails of it. 

Briana Bierschbach - Minn Post

We continued our Making Sausage conversation today to try to make sense of what is happening at the MN Legislature at the end of session.  Briana Bierschbach covers politics and policy for Minn Post and recently wrote "With an Eye Toward His Legacy, Dayton Digs in on the budget".  She gave us a feel for how Governor Dayton is different this budget year than at the beginning of his time as governor.  Briana also has an update on the Governor's signing of the Real ID bill - M