Even a project supporter calls the new $2 billion cost estimate a huge setback. The Met Council's chairman says all options, including killing the proposed line, are on the table.
In their $2 billion package of tax cuts, Republicans who control the Minnesota House would more than double the amount of money Minnesotans would have to amass before their estates are subject to taxes.
The proposal includes a one-time income tax exemption, funds to start phasing out the statewide business property tax and other breaks. It cuts aid to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.
Despite a $1.9 billion state budget surplus, Republicans aim to trim department budgets, freeze the number of state workers and limit commissioner salaries.
Ignoring Dayton's proposal for universal pre-K, the GOP bill would boost spending on scholarships that allow parents to send their children to whichever preschool they choose.
There's a lot of work left to do, and deep disagreements remain on big issues including taxes, transportation funding and how best to use the $1.9 billion projected surplus.
Daudt said he can guarantee that a proposal to lift the state's long ban on Sunday sales will come up as an amendment on the House floor in the coming weeks, as it has in the past.
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In his fifth State of the State, the governor made it clear he is not willing to surrender his legislative agenda.
Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed $842 million in public works construction that he said would create nearly 24,000 jobs. The plan, however, faces a tough political climb.
The jobs will be added this and next year at three Minnesota facilities.
House Republicans will seek $2 billion in tax cuts when they return from 10 days off. Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats say too much tax relief could hurt Minnesota.
The House is also set to vote Monday on a bill that would change how the state's minimum wage law applies to tipped employees.
Under the measure, police would need warrants to use an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance. There would be exceptions in some emergency circumstances.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is set to release a supplemental budget proposal this week.
Some Republicans are calling for tax cuts. Democrats say such cuts should not come at the expense of priorities.