Senate Takes $930 Million Whack At Minnesota Budget Shortfall [AUDIO]
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota senators have pressed through a bill to slice $930 million from a much-larger state budget deficit.
On a party-line 37-27 vote Thursday, senators approved a bill that reduces aid to colleges, local governments and a range of public health programs.
Senator John Pederson of St. Cloud co-authored the bill.
The House passed a different version with deeper cuts last week.
The two Republican-led chambers must negotiation a common plan before the bill gets to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
While Dayton has objected to the chunk-at-a-time process, he hasn't said whether the bill would get vetoed should it reach him.
Minnesota lawmakers are coping with a $6.2 billion budget deficit for the two-year budget that begins in July.
Dayton presents his budget proposal on Feb. 15.
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