May 07, 2019 08:00 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- State lawmakers have until May 20 to tie up all the loose ends to avoid a special session this year. In order to do so, the budget needs to be agreed upon.
Even though a deadline was missed Monday night, lawmakers went back to the table on Tuesday to negotiate. The DFL party proposed to raise the gas tax by 20 centers and asked for more money for education.
Republicans said it wants more spending cuts.
Both parties were very vocal on their stance on social media when Governor Tim Walz proposed to slash $200 million from his budget proposal and in exchange, the 2 percent health care provider tax as well as the gas tax increase would stay in place.
The Republican Senate countered with a 12 percent increase in education funding, but remained firm in saying no to the provider and gas tax increases.
At 6:30, we heard leaders from both sides of the aisle as negotiations were underway.
Created: May 07, 2019 08:00 PM
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