Health care a sticking point as budget talks turn specific

Governor Dayton's office told WDAZ the proposal for tab fee increases first came from Speaker Kurt Daudt a year ago.

With less than five days in session remaining, House Speaker Kurt Daudt said it was up to Dayton to make the next offer, suggesting that the GOP-controlled House and Senate would soon reach a breaking point at which it would break away and start assembling a budget with hopes the Democratic governor would sign it.

In Minnesota, solar has grown 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017, and nearly 340 megawatts (MW) of the current 440 MW installed in the state were added in 2016.

"What Minnesotans need to know is that once the governor signs the bill that they are going to be able to fly come January of 2018 without hindrance", Smith said. In the end, the Real ID measure is silent on that question. He says cutting that much would harm "real programs and real people".

Under the Real ID deal, the issue of licenses for undocumented immigrants will become part of the debate over a broader public safety budget bill. Anxious Minnesotans may no longer worry if their licenses will be accepted at federal checkpoints, like airports and military bases, next year.

That left about $1.5 billion in the surplus when lawmakers began to craft the state's two-year state budget.




Many Minnesotans may already have Real ID-compliant identifications.

It will take a bit of time for the state to produce the new licenses and the security system as required by the federal government. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove.

Momentum in budget talks was harder to find, even after both sides made some concessions a day earlier.

That plan would give $682 million for the Legislature to spend on taxes and transportation, Frans said, with the expectation that they might want to put more toward one area than the other.

Because bonding bills leverage state debt to pay for projects, they require a three-fifths "supermajority" to pass, and the bill offered up Tuesday fell a few votes short in the House.

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