Minnesota lawmakers are close to wrapping up a week-and-a-half of votes on a series of GOP finance bills that set up budget negotiations with Gov. Mark Dayton.
The House was planning to debate and vote Wednesday on a budget bill for state agencies and operations. It contains one of the most aggressive cuts of the GOP budget bills by reducing state spending by 34 percent over the next two years. It would reduce the size of the state workforce by 12 percent, consolidate services, and allow private outsourcing of some state services.
The House could also take up a budget bill for health and welfare programs that critics say will mean deep cuts to services that benefit the poor and disabled. But that debate could be pushed to Thursday.
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