Legislature Getting Back To Work 01 Apr 13

Minnesota state lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday after a one-week spring break, and they’ve got a long list of things they hope to accomplish before adjournment in mid-May. The major issues still facing legislators are the state budget and a possible Bonding Bill. Governor Dayton aims to pull the state out of a forecasted 627-million dollar budget deficit, in part by raising taxes on the wealthy. Republicans disagree with that approach. Dayton plans to release a detailed Bonding Bill proposal soon as well that will call for around 750-million dollars worth of spending on public works projects. Other issues also still to be debated further in St. Paul include gay marriage, gun control, and a proposed minimum wage hike. The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 20th.