The great political divide between the GOP-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to take a short hiatus Friday, thanks to the agriculture bill.
A conference committee compromise was approved overwhelmingly this morning by the state Senate and this afternoon by the House.
And then, most think, Dayton will sign the bill Friday, even though he’d earlier said he wanted to see all the budget bills and a tax plan before signing any of them. But many of the items he’d proposed are in this bill, and his ag commissioner, Dave Frederickson told lawmakers that he would urge Dayton to sign it.
The ag bill would spend $79 million in the next two years, including a final $13.7 million payment to ethanol producers. That would end a dozen years of state subsidies for the corn based fuel, says Don Davis of Forum Communications.
But will the bipartisan embrace on ag carry over to the other more contentious plans? When ethanol freezes over, maybe.