Not yet a finished project, a House committee has approved a budget boost to help meet state needs.
Carlson said the product “reflects the work and input” from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, and Gov. Tim Walz’s administration. He added the total is “down from roughly $168 million in last month’s proposal.”
Executive branch agency operational budgets are to be reduced by $58 million to cover the costs.
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Approved 25-1 Tuesday by the House Ways and Means Committee — Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) was the lone “no” vote — the bill’s next stop is the House floor. It has no Senate companion.
“As the bill moves forward, it’s a bill that’s a work in progress. Further discussion when the bill hits the floor will be much in order depending on discussions through the next few days,” Carlson said.
In addition to funding changes, the bill contains language related to statutory changes for background checks for foster care licensing, state grant extensions due to COVID-19, delayed implementation of the Public Employment Relations Board until 2022, and addresses administration — largely sales or additions — of state-owned lands.
The largest amount in the bill is almost $25.3 million in proposed operating adjustments to the Department of Human Services, including $17.7 million for direct care and treatment via community-based services.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bill also calls for just more than $13 million for a 13.75 percent personal care attendant temporary rate and enhanced rate increase for direct support services provided under a covered program.
A one-time cash benefit of up to $500 would be made available for each household enrolled in the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or a diversionary work program, at the time the benefit is distributed. The $13.85 million for that would come from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Fund.
The bill also includes a pair of provisions related to the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.
It would provide the State Patrol with $4.6 million from the Trunk Highway Fund to cover its deployment costs during the resulting civil unrest, and would provide the Department of Human Rights with $750,000 from the General Fund “for a civil rights investigation into discrimination by the Minneapolis Police Department.”
Other proposed funding in the bill, all from the General Fund unless noted, includes: