State lawmakers are trying to figure out the details of a projected $1.5 billion surplus. Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee Mark Johnson says many things compete for that money. “There are agencies coming in saying we want a little bump and everyday Minnesotans are coming in asking for Section 179 conformity. These are big ticket items.” Johnson says lawmakers are weighing through that and figuring out the political path forward. “It ends up being at the end of the year what takes precedence. We’re looking at probably a mix of tax reform and one-time spending. It will take the end of session to figure out those priorities.” In the meantime, Johnson says the Minnesota Senate is likely to consider funding for the Rural Finance Authority early this week.
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