Legislature passes $52B budget, avoiding government shutdown

Minnesota’s divided Legislature quashed lingering fears about a partial government shutdown Wednesday, passing the final piece of a $52 billion budget that pours money into classrooms.

Lawmakers had just hours to spare before a midnight deadline as they approved a massive spending package to support K-12 education. They later approved a tax relief package that included nearly $1 billion in tax cuts.

“We obviously would have liked to have it done a little earlier, but that’s the way things work,” said Gov. Tim Walz, who hand-delivered the signed copy of the education budget to the Secretary of State’s Office just

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Post-Covid California state budget with record spending on education heads to Gov. Newsom

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Sen. John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, who was involved in budget negotiations, praises the final bill on the floor of the Senate on Monday nights.

The article was updated on June 29 with more information.

With brief but exuberant praise from Democrats and often acerbic criticism from Republicans, the Legislature dispatched the 2021-22 budget bill with spending levels for education that appeared implausible a year ago, in the throes of a pandemic. The

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