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Minnesota House of Representatives adjourns special session, completes work on new state budget

Saturday, May 25, 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota — This morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives finished its work on a new two-year budget for the State of Minnesota during a one-day special session.

“We’re pleased to have completed our work on a budget that provides strong funding for education and secures health care for more than one million Minnesotans,” said House Speaker Melissa Hortman. “While this budget doesn’t contain everything DFLers wanted, coming to this bipartisan agreement with Governor Walz and Senate Republicans is in the best interest of Minnesotans.”

Top highlights of the budget include:

  • Securing health care for 1.2 million Minnesotans by continuing the provider tax

  • Increasing funding for E-12 and higher education, including an increase in the E-12 funding formula, preserving 4,000 pre-K slots, and freezing the special education cross subsidy

  • The strongest wage theft prevention and enforcement measures in the country

  • New investments in local government and county government aid

  • $40 million in funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program

  • Funding for new corrections officers

  • Securing full funding for election security after months of Republican obstruction.

“This budget is the first step on a much longer road toward a more prosperous, more equal, and better Minnesota in health care, education, transportation, and economic security for our families,” said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “House DFLers led the way this session with an ambitious agenda that sets a marker for the future. We will continue working to advance an agenda that will improve the lives of all Minnesotans.”