On Friday morning, the Senate DFL majority leadership unveiled their budget proposal and committee targets for government spending for the 2016-17 biennium. The state has a projected budget surplus of $1.87 billion for the next biennium.
The Senate E-12 education budget target is $350 million, followed by $341 million for health and human services, and $205 million for higher education.
It is difficult to compare House, Senate and the governor’s targets as they have different starting points.
Overall, the Senate’s proposes to spend nearly $43 billion. The Senate budget is little less than Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal and more than the House proposal.
The Senate targets create starting points for each committee, but the details will be filled in over the next month.