Legislature Gears up for Final Week
TJ Leverentz | May 13, 2019 AT 9:33 am
With just a week to go before the May 20 end of the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session, lawmakers remain far apart on key issues.
The DFL controlled House budget calls for $49.8 billion in spending while the GOP controlled Senate budget plans for $47.6 billion in spending.
The main sticking point has been the gas tax. While both parties want to improve the state’s infrastructure, House Democrats want to raise the gas tax by $0.20 over a four-year period, a measure Republicans say is a non-starter.
The legislature is also at odds over a healthcare provider tax, education spending, and gun control measures. Lawmakers have until May 20 to pass a balanced budget to avoid a special session.