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Lawmakers laud state's $52 billion 'recovery' budget after weeks of negotiations


Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz's gave Dylan Nguyen, 9, a fist bump after he signed a $52 billion state budget bill. Dylan's mom, Hue Nguyen, is the deputy chief of staff, policy and legislative affairs for Walz's administration.

Minnesota lawmakers emerged Thursday after weeks of deal-making with a completed two-year state budget, one they say will be essential to lifting the state out of the fog of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Tim Walz marked the occasion at the Capitol, surrounded by nurses, doctors, business owners and students he's met over the past year responding to the health crisis.

He lauded the $52 billion budget as one that will focus on those hit hardest by the uneven toll of COVID through tax breaks, direct relief checks and funding flowing directly into classrooms.


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