Budget Bill-Davids

The Minnesota House has approved a budget plan that would spend another $322 million of the state's surplus.

Debate went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers, mostly minority Republicans, offered some 50 amendments. They approved the plan shortly before midnight on a 70-59 party-line vote.

Before debate began, DFL leaders touted increased money for K-12 schools, caregivers for the elderly and disabled and roads battered by winter.

But republican Greg Davids, who opposed the measure, also opposed a move by Democrats to prevent discussion on the MNsure program which he called a mess.

Representative Steve Drazkowski opposed a provision providing $176,000 dollars for free bus rides to the polls on election day.

The Senate is expected to approve its budget plan Monday. Both chambers would have to work out differences before sending a final bill to the governor.


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