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“Whatever money we decide would not go to the general fund today,” Bakk said, carefully defining the fund in terms of present revenue. “It’ll be new money,” he said.
Lots of decisions left
Legislators still have a lot of other decisions to make.
As leaders briefly stopped in Dayton’s office for a budget “check-in” chat Tuesday afternoon, joint House-Senate budget committees were working to button up their remaining bills.
It remains unclear how much cigarette and corporate taxes might go up, how an income tax surcharge on top earners would work or what a new top tax rate would be.
Lenczewski said her goal is to make public the details of the tax bill by midweek.
Still, legislative leaders put a happy face on all the uncertainty.
“Things are going well,” said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul. “People are working awfully hard to get their work done.”
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