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Minnesota leaders strike broad budget deal

Legislators will still need to come back in special session to pass a budget


David Joles/Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, right, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park wore smiles after a press conference announcing a budget deal.

Gov. Tim Walz and leaders of Minnesota's divided Legislature struck a broad agreement on a $52 billion, two-year budget Monday, using an influx of federal stimulus dollars to provide tax relief and pump hundreds of millions more into the state's classrooms.

Despite major political divides all session on taxes and spending between the DFL-led House and Republican-controlled Senate, leaders said they came together around a budget that focuses on helping the state rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This year has been a battle," Walz said. "We made the commitment together that this budget would be about recovering from COVID, it would be about investing in families, their children and education, it would be about providing relief for families in the form of tax cuts."


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