What is expected to become the omnibus environment and natural resources bill was unveiled by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Tuesday.
The division is scheduled to take action on the bill Thursday. The companion, SF2314 sponsored by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), awaits action by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.
Appropriations in the House bill include:
The $1.75 billion total exceeds Gov. Tim Walz’s budget proposal by $5.5 million, and represents an increase of $79.8 million over base appropriations.
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Despite that, the governor would not get all he seeks. For example, the proposal represents nearly $4 million less for the Pollution Control Agency and $2.2 million more for the Department of Natural Resources.
Some of the funding is dependent on other events.
A $14.7 million proposed appropriation is contingent upon a solid waste tax proposal passing; a repayment of $13.9 million to the Minnesota Landfill Contingency Action Trust will depend in a positive balance in the budget forecast; and $8.9 million in transportation funding for water recreation, forest roads, and ATV/ORV accounts are contingent upon passage of the governor’s gas tax proposal.
Additional funding increases include:
The following are selected bills that have been incorporated in part or in whole into the omnibus environment and natural resources bill: