Legislature Gears up for Final Week

Legislature Gears up for Final Week Click to Enlarge

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.

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