It’s the thing Minnesota Republicans and Democrats have to agree on — eventually. Crafting a new, two-year state budget is lawmakers’ top priority this legislative session. The current, $45.5 billion biennial spending plan runs out June 30 and without a new one, state government will shut down. Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka have vowed not to let that happen. With the nation’s only divided Legislature, they say they want to prove government can still get things done in a bipartisan way. Negotiations are likely to be intense over the next few months. Luckily, the state has a $1.5 billion surplus to work with, but it might not provide as big of a cushion as many hope. Walz will start the process Tuesday when he releases his budget recommendations. Later this month, a new financial forecast will be released to give lawmakers in the House and Senate updated numbers to start their proposals. Here’s everything you need to know about how Minnesota collects and spends taxpayer — your — money: GROWING OVER TIME Minnesota government spending has increased by about $6 billion over the past decade. That’s after inflation is taken into account… Read full this story
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