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Green statement re: agreement on new state budget

Monday, May 20, 2019

 

ST. PAUL – State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, said the tentative agreement that was reached on a new two-year state budget Sunday is something of a mixed bag of compromises.

“Thanks to public support, Republicans were able to stop the Democrats’ proposal to raise our gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, and also prevented the DFL from raiding dedicated transportation funding for roads and bridges,” Green said. “While that is good news, I’m disappointed it appears the Democrats are getting their way by raising health care taxes by $2 billion over the next four years. This is a huge loss for everyone in Minnesota that has to visit a doctor, or dentist.”

With the budget deal having been struck Sunday and adjournment arriving at midnight Monday, a special session will be required to allow time to process the legislation that was agreed upon. Exactly when that will take place – and how many days a special session would last – has yet to be determined.

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