Republicans in the House and Senate have refused to release the spending levels conference committees have been given for each specific budget area.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch repeatedly declined to provide the information and says the figures, known as targets, will be available once the respective conference committees post the information on the web.
With help from legislative staff and several lobbyists, MPR News gathered the spreadsheets for each budget area.
Here’s the info that we gathered (all numbers in thousands):
|Budget Area||Targets released in conference committee||Status||Initial Senate Target||Initial House Target||Dayton plan (from March)|
|K12||14,271,912||Agreement but not signed||14,158,064||14,158,064||14,224,425|
|HHS||10,737,837||Agreement but not signed||10,737,837||10,707,110||12,167,882|
|Higher Ed||2,505,517||Agreement but not signed||2,505,518||2,505,518||2,745,672|
|Transportation||62,158||Agreement but not signed||140,158||120,158||180,060|
|State Government||601,636||Agreement but not signed||412,922||586,658||655,587|
|Public Safety, The courts and Corrections||No agreement yet||1,792,650||1,752,634||1,821,988|
|Ag and Rural Development||76,841||Already in law||76,841||76,841||239,112|
|Jobs and Economic Growth||137,246||Agreement but not signed||103,246||81,573||268,892|
|Taxes||2,576,765||Agreement but not signed||2,727,726||2,655,485||3,441,042|
|Energy, Environment and Natural Resources||201,463||Agreement but not signed||221,463||228,067||321,826|
|Debt Service||No agreement yet||1,148,994||1,165,794||1,229,358|
It’s important to note that some of these targets could change.
Two conference committees (Jobs and Economic Development and Public Safety, Courts and Corrections) have not released their spending targets yet so the budget totals are not complete. I updated with Jobs and Economic Development target. It’s also uncertain what the House and Senate will book in terms of debt service.
We’ll update the information if/when it becomes available.
Update: The House and Senate released their working targets. These targets were given to Gov. Dayton on Friday. The figures don’t necessarily mean this is what each budget division will agree to spend in their conference committee reports.