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Legislature passes $52B budget, continues to debate tax measures


Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz, with his wife, Gwen, walked the signed education budget law over to the office of Secretary of State Steve Simon on Wednesday.

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, which went to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature, and continued to debate a tax relief package late into the evening Wednesday that includes 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 Walz, who hand-delivered the signed copy of the education budget to the Secretary of State's office just before 8 p.m.


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