MN House approves $332M supplemental budget

By KBJR News 1

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After ten hours of debate, Minnesota House lawmakers approved a supplemental budget Thursday night offering $332-million dollars in investments across the state.

It's a bill that would have particular support in the Northland.

"We have $15-million dollars going for emergency pothole repair to counties and cities due to our severe winter weather," said Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) on the House floor Thursday.

But potholes are just a small portion of the $50 million total for transportation funding.

The budget also offers $92 million for K-12 and higher education.

$91 million is targeted for caregivers and nursing homes and $37.4 million dollars for job creation and bonding, which also offers grants to increase broadband internet access.

Republicans offered up a proposal reducing spending by $72 million in Fiscal Year 2014-15, and by more than $400 million in Fiscal Year 2016-17.

“Republicans offered a responsible alternative that honored the priorities, and more importantly the tax dollars of Minnesota families, but it wasn’t enough for Democrats who are more interested in self-service than public service,” said GOP minority leader Rep. Kurt Daudt.

The Senate is assembling its own measure. The two have to be consolidated before a bill heads to Governor Mark Dayton.

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