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First budget cut bill on its way to governor’s desk — what will Dayton do?

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.

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.

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