Posted at 7:48 PM on July 17, 2011
by Jon Gordon
From Tim Pugmire of MPR News:
Governor Mark Dayton and Republicans legislative leaders apparently weren't able to finish their budget work in time for a Monday special session, but they were able to wrap up one of the largest spending bills.
Republican Senator David Hann, the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee said that Republicans reached a handshake agreement with the Dayton administration on an $11 billion HHS bill. He said the measure increases spending by $1 billion over current levels but trims projected spending growth down to about 5 percent.
"We all wanted to see reform," Hahn said. "We all wanted to see a change in the pattern of growth in health care. We all wanted to see us manage the budget within a reasonable cost. And we wanted to do things that would help the people with the highest priority needs in the state, and all of us were in agreement on those core ideas."
Work on other spending bills continued into the night. Other committee chairs said they would not comment on their bills until the work was finished.