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$1 billion GOP budget cut plan in conference committee today

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.

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?