Comparison of spending proposals

July 19, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed 12 budget and spending bills, which govern the state of Minnesota's activities over the next two years. These graphs represent the difference in each spending proposal by Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in each of the major government spending categories, and the amount approved in each signed bill.



The signed bill approves total state funding of $1.8 billion over next two years, $14.5 million less than the plan Gov. Dayton proposed, and $28.8 million more funding than the GOP-backed conference committee bill.



The signed bill approves state funding of $126 million over two years from state's general fund and a total of $4.74 billion from all funding sources. The plan spends $54 million less than the proposal from Gov. Dayton, and more than $40 millions less than the GOP-backed proposal.



The signed bill approves total funding of $2.6 billion, cutting 8.8 percent from current levels of spending on higher education. The compromise makes deeper cuts than Gov. Dayton's proposal of 2.3 percent reductions, and is more generous then the 10.9 percent cut in the conference committee bill.



The signed bill approves total funding $238 million toward environmental uses, cutting the governor's proposal by $39 million, and spends $36.5 million more than the conference committee bill.



The signed bill approves total funding of $170 million, cutting the governor's proposal by $1.5 million and increasing the conference committee bill by $16 million.

Graphic by Lukas Udstuen/MPR
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