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RELEASE: Rep. Lien statement on end of legislative session and compromise budget agreement

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House wrapped up a one-day special session early Saturday morning after approving a new two-year state budget. The compromise budget increases investments in education, protects funding for health care, and improves economic security for Minnesotans.

Rep. Ben Lien (DFL - Moorhead) issued the following statement:

"I'm very pleased the Special Session ended with a complete state budget that increases investments in education, protects health care for more than a million Minnesotans, and lowers taxes for middle-class Minnesotans. Although Speaker Hortman and House members worked hard to get House budget bills into conference committees with the Senate by May 1, I'm disappointed we had to go overtime to finish the job. Both legislative bodies must work with the governor's office to improve this process.

"All in all this was a good session for Moorhead. We passed permanent appropriations for the border city program, approved a provision for non-profit nursing homes in Moorhead, and added a judge to the 7th Judicial District. I'm proud of this work that will make Moorhead a better place for residents and businesses."

Information on the legislation considered during the special session can be found here.

The 2020 legislative session is set to begin February 11.

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