The governor is proposing $341 million in spending cuts, $250 from the state’s budget and shifts $250 million from the health care access fund to balance the budget. The governor also wants to cut the sales tax by an eighth of a percent to stimulate the economy.
The largest spending cuts come from the Health and Human Services budget. There’s cuts to nursing homes and a reduction in eligibility for some MinnesotaCare enrollees. The other major cuts come to the University of Minnesota and MnSCU.
You can read the summary here. You can read the full budget document here.
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Tom Scheck has covered politics and state government for more than ten years for MPR News. He’s covered several gubernatorial campaigns, two statewide recounts, the presidential bids of Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senate races, close Congressional contests and the Minnesota Legislature. He lives in Falcon Heights with his wife, son and dog. He can sometimes be found chasing a white ball on a golf course. It isn’t a straight walk. Tips are welcome at email@example.com