The House and Senate are roughly $77 million apart on proposed jobs and energy funding for the 2016-17 biennium, with dozens of differences in policy provisions.
The panel took no action and its 10 members made no comments, aside from brief remarks by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), conference committee co-chairs and sponsors of the bills.
Staff presented a 10-page spreadsheet of change items, then began making side-by-side comparisons — getting about one-sixth of the way through the bills in the two-hour meeting.
Garofalo pledged Republican-dominated House conferees would be able to work with the mostly DFL Senate members: “The Tomassonis and the Garofalos can do business.”
Quipped Tomassoni: “The question is, who’s the Godfather?”
At nearly $405 million, Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed jobs and energy budget is about $65 million more than the House and $13 million less than the Senate
Within the House and Senate bills are differences both large and small, across a wide range of areas. A sampling:
The committee is scheduled to meet again Thursday.