Minnesota lawmakers have two weeks left of the session to work out the budget. Conference committee work begins on Monday for 10 budget bills. Ag lobbyist Bruce Kleven said a global agreement must be met on spending. “There has to be an agreement on revenue and that depends on whether or not the tax code is adjusted. Republicans put their budget together without a tax increase,” said Kleven. “One of the differences within the agriculture bill is the House increased gross sales beyond pesticide products. That would raise $2.25 million, so that issue has to get resolved within the ag bill before they can understand spending numbers.” According to Kleven, the undercurrent of Governor Walz’s powers and deciding what to do with the federal relief money may also cause state lawmakers to work past Monday, May 17.
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