When the Minnesota legislative session resumes on April 6, budget work will be the priority. Ag lobbyist Bruce Kleven says budget bills will need to be out of their divisions by the end of next week. The agriculture budget is straight-forward. “There are a few new initiatives the ag department put forward on international trade and meat processing. We expect the House to include those in their budget and we’ll see what the Senate does.” Another component of the budget will be pandemic relief. Minnesota will receive federal aid, about $4.8 billion, shared between local and state governments. “The question to be resolved this session is who gets to allocate that? The federal stimulus money issued before was done by the Walz administration, but lawmakers will want a say. It’s a fairly sizeable amount of money.”
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