House, Senate leaders announce $283M Supplemental Budget

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House, Senate leaders announce $283M Supplemental Budget

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - DFL House and Senate leaders announced Monday they reached an agreement on a $283 million supplemental budget package.

The budget focuses on improving the state's education system, providing needed support community-based healthcare providers and keeping the state's roads safe.

Spending Breakdown

E-12 Education - $54 million: Additional investment for Minnesota learners from pre-K through high school.
Higher Education - $22.25 million: Enhance post-secondary opportunities across Minnesota.
Health and Human Services - $103.9 million: Provide an additional 5 percent increase for home and community-based health care workers who provide care for the elderly and disabled.
Jobs & Economic Development - $19.8 million: Invest in statewide job creation such as broadband infrastructure (Assumes a total of $30 million in spending when including transfer from Assigned Risk Plan of $10.5 million).
Transportation - $15 million: Provide investments for potholes repairs as well new investments in roads and bridges.
Environment & Agriculture - $12 million
Judiciary & Public Safety - $35 million
State Government & Veterans - $705,000
Other Bills - $20 million: (Women's Economic Security Act, medical marijuana, synthetic drug legislation).

The conference committee on the Supplemental Budget bill is expected to meet this evening and tomorrow to work on specifics now that budget sub-targets have been set.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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