At the 11th hour, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced a budget deal. “Today we proved that divided government can work for the betterment of the people we serve,” said Walz late Sunday night. “As one of only two divided state governments in the country, we reached a bipartisan agreement on time for the first time in over a decade.” The two-year budget totals $48 billion and does not include a gas tax. The provider health care tax remains, but there is a small drop in the tax rate. Budget targets include $4.5 million for agriculture in fiscal year 2020-2021 and $3.9 million in FY 2022-2023. Conference committees will determine where those dollars will go and the policy areas that will be included in the budget bills. By statute, the session must adjourn by midnight tonight. A special one-day session to wrap up that work is expected to take place on Thursday.
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