With all the complications of solving a $4.6 billion deficit — with or without tax hikes — hanging over the Legislature, add this to the mix: House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher says the “ocean of federal money” from the stimulus package is presenting complications and delays.
According to the House Public Information Services office, the speaker noted that requested fiscal notes needed from the administration to craft the omnibus health and human services finance bills have been delayed. Therefore, finance bills for those areas are still waiting for committee action.
The delay may be caused by the level of staffing needed to process the information, she said.
“My understanding is it has been more complex for them.”
However, Kelliher stressed the importance of legislators having the needed information to develop “a complete understanding before making their decisions. Otherwise, if big decisions are made with not enough time left to process what the effect will be on Minnesotans, then we’re going to get into a real bind at the end.”