St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers are making headway in this session's budget battle in St. Paul.
Lawmakers in the Senate approved the Health and Human Services Bill just after midnight.
The legislation cuts $150 million while giving a pay boost to long-term caregivers.
This would be the first time in four years they've seen a raise.
"We had a tough target, but we managed to be creative, and do some reform within the health and human service area and generate some money in our budget area and we were able to mitigate cuts to those most vulnerable populations our elderly and our disabled and in fact we were able to make some very critical investments," said Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick).
Both bills now go to conference committee so lawmakers can hash out the differences.
From there the bill heads to the Governor's desk.