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Legislative Update- State Budget Deal Reached

Monday, May 20, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
 
On Sunday evening, House Speaker Hortman, Majority Leader Gazelka, and Governor Walz announced a two year budget compromise. As one of the only divided legislatures in the country, this agreement is a significant bipartisan step forward to improve the lives of Minnesotans.
 
The compromise preserves health care funding for over 1 million Minnesotans, makes significant investments in our students and schools, and delivers targeted tax cuts for middle class families.
 
Conference committees and work groups will continue their work with the opportunity for the public to weigh in. You can find the schedule here.
 

A Bipartisan Deal on Opioids

Today, a House/Senate conference committee arrived at a bipartisan agreement on compromise legislation aimed at putting a stop to Minnesota’s opioid crisis. Funded through fees paid by drug makers and distributors, the bill invests in new and proven strategies to address opioid use disorders. It also delivers funding to counties for the significant public safety resources they are expending. This is an important step in Minnesota’s fight against the opioid epidemic and I’m glad bipartisan consensus was reached.
 
I’ll keep you posted as more details of the state budget are ironed out.
 
Please continue to reach out with any questions, comments, or feedback. I appreciate hearing from you!
 
Sincerely,
Andrew Carlson
State Representative
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