Late Monday night, the House debated and approved its final omnibus finance bill as the House is now set to enter negotiations with the Senate Republican majority through the conference committee process. I hope that these bills will return much improved and that I will be able to support them on final passage before the May 17th adjournment date.
The final bill that was approved was the Health and Human Services (HHS) bill. HHS spending constitutes the largest share of the state’s budget.
This bill was another easy “no” vote for me as the 970-page bill spent more than $650 million above current funding levels over the next four years.
Here are some of the top-line issues with the bill:
Once again, despite my issues with the bill in its current form, I hope that it returns much improved after conference committee with the Senate.
I will do my best to keep you up to date on the latest from St. Paul as we enter the final 2.5 weeks of the session.
Please continue to reach out to me to share your questions, thoughts, or concerns. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4293 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend,