Health and human services bill negotiated at Minnesota Capitol

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(ABC 6 News) – Negotiations continued Monday at the Minnesota state capitol, where lawmakers are trying to find common ground on spending bills before calling a special session. Among other disagreements, legislators are still stuck on how to spend $1 billion directed toward health and human services.

The DFL made an offer they believe is closer to what Senate Republicans want, but Rochester Representative Tina Liebling is not very optimistic that the bill will make it to a special session.

Liebling says the latest offer includes $600 million to long-term care facilities, leaving $400 million for other sectors like child care and fighting homelessness.

"It’s very frustrating because we have the money and people have the needs. We’re still trying. We’re still trying to act as if, but I’m not tremendously optimistic," she said.

Lawmakers said this week there are still no official talks of a special session up at the state capitol, while organizations across the state are waiting for the money stuck in these negotiations.