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Does GOP math add up at Legislature? Commissioners say no

Two of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners have informed Republican legislative leaders that their budget plans, designed to resolve the state’s $5 billion deficit, don’t add up.

The commissioners — Myron Frans of the Revenue Departments and  Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget — said in a letter (PDF) that the bills that purport to fix the deficit rely on federal money and fixes that are overestimated or might not be available.

Hundreds of millions in savings from waivers are assumed in the health and human services bills, but are not “obtainable,” they said. 

Conference committees are now having at the bills, and the commissioners express hope that the funding gaps will be filled. If not, the commissioners’ “audit” will certainly give Dayton fodder for his veto letters.

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