The state budget is front-and-center for Minnesota lawmakers. Ag lobbyist Bruce Kleven says legislative committees are unpacking the details. “The governor is trying to equalize the uneven affects of the pandemic across the state. In the next few weeks, they’ll continue to do that across the state. They may hear a few policy bills, but the whole place is waiting on the February forecast, the state economists’ prediction of what the books will look like at the end of the two-year budget cycle if revenue and spending patterns don’t change.” The Minnesota Ag Department is proposing a three percent budget increase. Kleven doesn’t expect lawmakers to accomplish much outside of the budget this session.
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