Yesterday Legislators and the Governor announced a budget, as MinnPost reports…
Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced a sweeping deal to settle deep differences on the budget and taxes. At the news conference announcing the deal, the three were all smiles and handshakes; they complimented one another on their willingness to compromise and stay with the closed-door talks that lasted more than a week.
Here are the specifics of the budget (for Broadband, Ag and Housing)…
$59.51 million for Broadband, Agriculture and Housing
$40 million for broadband in FY20/21 only.
$4.51 million in FY20/21 and $3.9 million in FY22/23 for agriculture.
$15 million in FY20/21 and $10 million in FY22/23 for housing.
Late last night the MN Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee (the folks who discuss the broadband budget) met, but broadband didn’t come up. They plan to meet today at 2pm in Room 1100 of the Minnesota Senate Bldg. I will plan to attend and livestream. That being said, this late into the session the times are very fluid.