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Bill would spend more than $921 million on various state government departments and operations.
(Published Apr 8, 2013)
After two hours of discussion, the House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Committee laid over the omnibus state government finance bill (HF 1184, Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown) on Thursday evening, April 4.
The bill, as currently amended, would spend $921.4 million from the general fund in the next biennium, which is $26 million more than the current base budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
Articles one and two outline the allocation of funding for various state departments, councils and agencies. Articles three through six are focused on policy changes and updates.
Some highlights of the bill most relevant to cities include:
The bill was scheduled to be taken up again on Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m., and it is anticipated that there will be amendments considered at that time. Murphy, House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair, has said that the bill will be voted on Wednesday, April 10.
The Senate state departments and veterans finance bill (it currently does not have a Senate file number) will be heard on Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee. It is authored by Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids).
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