The Minnesota Legislature is in the final four weeks of the session. After budget targets are finalized, the conference committees will need to complete their work. The DFL-controlled House and the Republican majority in the Senate are on very different paths. “Hopefully, the conference committees can wrap up their work while there are stark differences between the House and Senate on spending and cuts,” said lobbyist Cory Bennett. The omnibus agriculture bills differ between the two chambers, but Bennett does not expect that to be a problem. The general budget is the hurdle. “There is about a $2 billion gap between what is being proposed for general fund appropriations for 2020 and 2021.”
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