The Republican-controlled Legislature’s first budget cutting bill — cutting $900 million — was passed by the Senate today and is headed to the governor’s desk.
The bill passed on a 37-28 party line vote. It had passed the House Wednesday on a 68-61 vote.
Some of the major provisions:
- Local government aid cuts of $487 million
- State agency cuts of $100 million
- Higher education cuts of $185 million over two years.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he doesn’t like the bill, calling it a piecemeal approach to resolving the $6.2 billion state deficit problem. He hasn’t used the word “veto,” though.