The first attempt by the new Republican majority in the Legislature to cut the state’s giant budget deficit moves into conference committee at 4:30 p.m. today, in an attempt to reconcile two versions of the billion-dollar cuts.
Biggest differences between the House and Senate versions of HF 130: the House has the freeze on state employees’ pay and an extra $200 million in reductions, while the Senate has no pay freeze and cuts an additional $125 million. You can compare the two versions on this pdf.
House conferees are: Reps. Holberg, Davids, Abeler, Nornes and Gunther; from the Senate: Sens. Robling, Parry, Hann, Ortman and Fischbach.
Gov. Mark Dayton had asked the Republicans to hold off on the bills, preferring instead to deal with the budget problem as a whole, rather than piecemeal. But they didn’t, so now can we expect a veto of whatever comes out of conference?