Small Slices Of Minnesota’s Budget Coming Together In Deal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Smaller pieces of Minnesota's $40 billion-plus budget are coming together.
House and Senate negotiators agreed with Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday to a roughly 5 percent funding bump for public colleges and universities. The top negotiators have also settled on a high-level budget for state courts and public safety.
The higher education budget earmarks $30 million for the University of Minnesota's medical school, one of Dayton's priorities this session. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says there's not enough money to freeze tuition at all public institutions.
Some pieces of budget work start to shift from backroom negotiations back to the Legislature. House and Senate lawmakers need to agree on individual spending items in their bills before sending them to the governor.