Both the House and Senate last month passed different versions of HF3172 and are currently negotiating the differences in conference committee. The global target was announced in a Thursday night news release by Rep. Lyndon CarlsonSr. (DFL-Crystal) and Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), who are the co-chairs of the conference committee. The money is available because Minnesota Management & Budget in late February announced a $1.23 billion budget surplus for the period that ends June 30, 2015.
The bill has articles with spending provisions related to the various parts of state government, including K-12 education and health and human services.
The House initially came into conference with a bill that would spend $322 million. The Senate came into conference with a bill that would spend $209 million.
Carlson and Cohen also announced an $883.5 million target for the upcoming 2016-2017 biennium.
Cohen said at Thursday night’s conference committee hearing that the committee has instructions to wrap up the bill by the end of Sunday.
By Charley Shaw, Session Daily