Governor Walz, Legislative Leaders Reach Budget Agreement
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Governor Walz, Legislative Leaders Reach Budget Agreement


>>TODAY WE APPROVE A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT CAN WORK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF PEOPLE WE SERVE AS ONE OF ONLY TWO DIVIDED STATE GOVERNMENT AND THE COUNTRY WE REACH A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON TIME FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE. THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF ALL THE HARD WORK OF THE LEGISLATORS SOME OF WHOM ARE HERE THE STAFF THAT WORKED TOGETHER TO THE ADVOCATES AND THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA IN A SENTENCE ALL STRONG MESSAGE FIGHT HARD FOR THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN BUT YOU COMPROMISE AND MOVING MINNESOTA FORWARD AS A TOP PRIORITY DO SO WITH DIGNITY AND DO SO WITH HONOR HAS REACHED THIS AND TRY AND GET YOUR WORK ON TIME. THAT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF SENATOR PAUL GAZELKA ON ALL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND GRANT A SEAT FOR THAT CAUSES YOU HOLD DEAR FOR SPEAKING UP FOR NOT JUST YOUR CAUCUS BUT FOR ALL MINNESOTANS, YOU HELPED US GET THIS DONE AFTER TELL YOU THERE WERE TIMES DURING THESE THE NEGOTIATIONS YOU COULD EXPECT THAT BECOME DIFFICULT AND IN THOSE TIMES EACH OF US ASKED AND I ASKED PAUL COUPLE OF TIMES I SAID PLEASE LISTEN TO ME AND A VERY A VERY RARE TREAT HE LISTENED. IN DEEPLY AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS IN MY HEART AND A RIVER COMING FROM IN A NEGOTIATION THERE’S NUMBERS THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENING BUT IT IS TRULY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST AND BUILDING FOR A COMMON GOOD SO SENATOR GAZELKA THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF MINNESOTANS THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT AND PERSONALLY AS A FRIEND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING I APPRECIATE THAT. THEN THERE IS SPEAKER HORTMAN WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE DERUS THANKS A TRUE PARTNER IN THIS AND GET AN ADVOCATE AS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE CERTAINLY ADVOCATING FOR HER CAUCUS AND ADVOCATING FOR THE UNIQUE PEOPLE’S HOUSE MANY OF THESE DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING AND THE BATTLES ARE WASTE OVER THE WITH THE DIRECTION OF MINNESOTA IS GOING TO GO AND I WILL HAVE TO TELL YOU IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS WHEN IT GOT TOUGH IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS UNCLEAR TO HAPPEN IT WAS SPEAKER HORTMAN AND DOGGED DETERMINATION TO DRAG US BACK TO THE TABLE TO CONTINUE TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO DO THAT AND WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO ITS LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT SETTING THE PURPOSE DIRECTION AND MOTIVATING US TO GET THAT DONE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SPEAKER HORTMAN DEADPANNED WITH THAT SPEAKER HORTMAN. >>THANK YOU. I’M VERY PROUD WE WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS DEAL ACCOMPLISHED IN A HOUSE DFL KLEMAN COMMITTED TO BUILDING A MINNESOTA THAT WORKS BETTER FOR ALL OF US AND I’M REALLY PROUD TO SAY THAT IN THE BUDGET DEAL THAT WE AGREED TO WE HAVE VERY STRONG FUNDING FOR EDUCATION AND BOTH AT THE EDUCATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THROUGH 12TH GRADE LEVEL AND ALSO AT A HIGHER EDUCATION LEVEL AND AREA THOUGHT PARTICULARLY HARD FOR. WE MADE A GOOD-FAITH EFFORT WITH EARLIER DEADLINES AND PUSHING AS MUCH AS WE COULD EARLIER INTO THE MONTH OF MAY DOING OUR WORK IN APRIL ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND AT WITH REGARD TO THE TRANSPARENCY I CAN’T CHANGE THE CULTURE OF THE LEGISLATURES SINGLE-HANDEDLY OR OVERNIGHT, AND THAT IS A PROCESS TO CHANGE THE CULTURE BUT WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS THERE’S THREE LEADERS HERE WHO HAVE EVOLVED A LOT OF POWER OUT OF THE NEGOTIATING ROOM AND INTO THE HANDS OF THE COMMISSIONERS AND THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE AND THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING IN PUBLIC IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEES WE AGREED TO A BUDGET DEAL WE’RE LEAVING IT TO THE LEADERSHIP OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO WORK OUT THE AGREEMENTS IN PUBLIC WITH THE INPUT OF THE PUBLIC TO EVEN FURTHER ENRICH THE STEEL THAT’S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF MINNESOTANS IT’S SO SIGNIFICANT WE FINISH THIS WORK ON TIME. MINNESOTANS EXPECT A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS THEY EXPECT LEADERS WHO WILL WORK LITERALLY A ROUND- THE-CLOCK TO MAKE SURE THE STATE THE STATE’S WORKING FOR THEM AND I’M VERY PROUD THAT WE THREE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS REALLY STRONG AND FAIR BUDGET AGREEMENT AND TO DO IT ON TIME. >>I’M GLAD WE’RE HERE IS SANG WE GOT IT DONE, BOTH SIDES WHEN YOU HAVE DIVIDED GOVERNMENT WANT TO WIN BOTH SIDES DON’T WANT TO LOSE, AND SOMETIMES INSTEAD OF WIN OR LOSE ITS A DRAW. THAT’S WHAT WE HAD HERE TODAY WAS A STRONG AND IT WAS GOOD FOR MINNESOTA. WE KNEW WE HAD TO FOCUS ON MAKING SURE WE TOOK CARE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS AND THAT GOT DONE LIKE A MENTIONED AMPLE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION BOTH HIGHER EDUCATION AND E-12 WE ALL LOOKED AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND SAID HOW CAN WE DELIVER THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE IN THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDED THAT AND? ALDUS AGREED ON THAT AND THAT WAS TRUE EVERY ONE OF THE BUDGET AREAS WE LOOKED AT IT SOMETIMES FROM A DIFFERENT LENS SOMETIMES WE PUSHED EACH OTHER BUT IN THE AND I THINK WE FOUND THAT PLACE IN THE MIDDLE THAT YOU HAVE TO FIND A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT FOR WHAT EVER REASON MINNESOTA REGULARLY PICKS THIS BUT I TELL YOU EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO GET DONE WHEN YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO IT. FIRST OF ALL FOR SPEAKER HORTMAN SHE EARNED HER STRIPES SHE DEFTLY ROSE TO THE OCCASION SHE HAD SOME VISION ABOUT HOW WE COULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND THOSE THINGS ACTUALLY MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HELPING US GET TO THE AND SHE WAS PROFESSIONAL AND HONORABLE. THE SAME THING WITH THE GOVERNOR WALZ YES HE’S BEEN IN WASHINGTON NOW IS IN MINNESOTA UP AND WE’RE MOSTLY MINNESOTA NICE, MOSTLY, BUT HONESTLY WHEN WE DISAGREED WITH PASSION IT WAS STILL PROFESSIONAL WE SOMETIMES TOOK A BREAK A STEP BACK BUT AS YOU FOUND OUT IN THE MEDIA WE NEVER REALLY SAID ANYTHING THAT WE WOULD REGRET IT BECAUSE FRANKLY WE WORKED PRETTY WELL TOGETHER WHEN YOU CONSIDER WE WERE SO FAR APART. MY HAT IS OFF TO BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND THE SPEAKER FOR THE WORK THAT I THINK WE DID. IT WAS A DROP BUT THE THINGS THAT NEEDED TO GET DONE ARE DONE FOR US ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WAS A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT FIRST TIME AND I BELIEVE TWO DECADES WE’VE ACTUALLY LOWERED IN INCOME TAX RATE AND WAS THE RATE OF JUST ABOVE NOT THE LOWEST RATE OF THE NEXT ONE UP WE LOWERED WHICH COULD IMPACT A LOT OF PEOPLE A LOT MORE THINGS THAT GOT DONE BUT THAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT I WANT TO FOCUS ON TODAY. >>AGAIN AS YOU SEE WE CONTINUE AND MY PLEDGE TO YOU IN THIS ROOM AND MINNESOTANS FOLKS HERE CONTINUE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIVE YOU KNOW THERE’S MORE TO BE DONE I WILL NOT TO TELL YOU THERE WAS A LOT OF LISTENING MET WITH NON AND A TRUE COMPROMISE I THINK MINNESOTA AGAIN ROSE TO AN OCCASION OF WHERE WE WANTED TO BE THERE’S A LOT TO LIKE IN HERE THERE’S A LOT OF COMPROMISE WE MADE BUT I THINK THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA WILL BE SERVED WELL. WITH THAT FINALLY WE’RE READY FOR QUESTIONS. >>I MADE NO BONES ABOUT IT I DON’T OCCURS IN A DISAGREEMENT WE WANT TO FIND A WAY TO GET INFRASTRUCTURE FIX WE COULD COME TO AN AGREEMENT WHERE THAT WAS AND LOOK ON A SCHOOLTEACHER FROM MANKATO I WILL FOCUS ON WHAT THOSE INVESTMENTS EDUCATION YOU SAW IN HERE HEALTH CARE SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS AND WE WILL COME BACK THAT FROM ANOTHER ANGLE. >>THE ZERO GAS TAX INCREASE? >>THERE WILL BE NO GAS TAX THIS YEAR I CERTAINLY YOU’RE GOING TO GET THIS IN YOUR IN BOX ALL THE DETAILS OF THIS THAT WAS A PART PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS WILL COME BACK AND I DON’T AND THE NEED IS GOING TO CHANGE WE WILL COME BACK TAKE SOME TIME TO FIGURE OUT A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THAT. >>PROVIDER TAX? >>THE PROVIDER TAX THE SUNSET IS GONE THE PROVIDER TAX WILL BE 1.8% FROM NOW ON AND AGAIN THAT IS PART OF A COMPROMISE IS PART OF WHAT WE DID WE TRIED TO MEET ON SOME OF THESE THINGS AND I THINK AGAIN TO PRIVATE CARS IN THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TRYING TO FIND A SAVINGS AND SENATOR GAZELKA TALKED ABOUT GETTING BETTER EFFICIENCY IS ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK INSTEAD OF HAVING DUELING PRESS CONFERENCES AND ACRIMONY AND AS WE ALL AGREE WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MINNESOTA WE NEED TO TRY TO FIGURE THIS OUT AND I THINK THAT AGREEMENT OF LIFTING THE SUNSET WAS THE WAY TO GO. >>I WOULD LIKE TO PAY A COMPLIMENT TO SENATOR GAZELKA BECAUSE IT’S OF VERY HARD THING TO DO SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO. TO PUT THE INTEREST OF MINNESOTANS AND HEALTH CARE OF MINNESOTANS ABOVE POLITICAL IDEOLOGY WE REALLY WORKED HARD AND YOU’RE GOING TO DO SOME INNOVATIVE NEW THINGS THE GOVERNOR I THINK AND SENATOR GAZELKA ARE CAPABLE OF BEING THE STATE’S PEOPLE WILL LEAD US FORWARD ON BEEN IN THE COST CURVE AND HEALTH CARE WE EVER REALLY EXPENSIVE FUTURE IN HEALTH CARE SO I THINK THIS WAS AN AREA WHERE SENATOR GAZELKA IT DID DESERVE ALL OF A CREDIT FOR RISING TO THE LOCATION AND BEING A LEADER EVEN THOUGH IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. >>HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE ONE CARE PLAN? >>A COUPLE OF THINGS, THAT WOULD BE THE AREA AND WE HAVE DRAWN WHERE WE ALIGNED AS WE KNOW WE HAVE TO DRIVE DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE SO THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT I THINK WILL END UP IN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BILL THAT WILL DO THAT WHETHER IT WAS ONE CARE OR THE ROUTE WE’RE GOING NOW. WE PUT IT OUT IN THE REPORT TO BUT WE COMPROMISED ON REINSURANCE WE WANTED THREE YEARS THEIR PLAN WAS TO GO WAY WE SETTLED FOR TWO YEARS BECAUSE WE REACHED OUT TO HOSPITALS AND PROVIDERS AND THAT’S WHERE THEY FELT IT SHOULD BE. >>I AGREE WITH THE SENATOR ONE OF THE THINGS IS WHAT YOU SEE YOU SOMETIMES GET COMPETING VISIONS WE LET OUT A VISION WE WANTED MINNESOTA TO GO TO BUT WITH AN UNDERSTANDING WE HAVE THINGS WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS WE NEED TO MOVE THINGS WE NEED THAT CAN’T WAIT IF YOU WILL AND I THINK HEALTH CARE PIECER” AGREEMENT OF WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND THAT AND NOT DRAWN THE TOTAL REMOVAL OF THE PROVIDER TAX WE FELT WOULD PUT TOO MANY PEOPLE AT RISK AND WE WERE READY AT THIS POINT IN TIME TO SAY WHAT COMING NEXT THAT WERE GOING TO TRY TO WORK ON IT TOGETHER I AGREED I THINK THE SPEAKER AND THE LEADERS SAID SELL THESE ARE COMPROMISES THAT WERE THE GOOD NEWS I WILL SAY TODAY IS A HEALTH CARE THAT IS DELIVERED BY THAT 1.1 MILLION MINNESOTANS AND 3043 PERCENT OF CHILDREN ARE NOT AT RISK OF THE SUNSET OF THE PROVIDER TAX AND THAT’S A GOOD THING. >>WHAT ABOUT THE SPECIAL SESSION WHEN WILL THAT HAPPEN? >>I WOULD SUSPECT THAT IF WE’RE GOING THE SPECIAL SESSION WILL LIKELY BE ON THURSDAY WE OF TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT WE’RE ASKING ALL OF OUR CHAIRS TO WRAP UP THEIR CONFERENCE COMMITTEES BY THE TIME WE ADJOURN THE REGULAR SESSION WITH ALSO SAID WE WILL TAKE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT SAYS THERE COMPLETED WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE AN INCENTIVE TO TURN IN THEIR HOME WORK EARLY. I WOULD SUSPECT WE CAN GET A SPECIAL SESSION COMPLETED IN ONE DAY ON THURSDAY IF EVERYONE AGREES AND EVERYONE’S SCHEDULES WORK OUT. >>WHAT ABOUT IT DRIVER’S LICENSES RESTORING A FELON’S VOTING RIGHTS THE SEX EDUCATION?>>FIRST OF ALL THIS WAS BUDGET DISCUSSION I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HELPED US GET DONE IS THESE POLICY DISCUSSIONS WERE NOT PART OF THESE THEY ARE IMPORTANT I’VE ADVOCATED FOR DRIVER’S LICENSES SINCE 2005 AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS THESE COMMITTEES AND MAY NEED A LEADER IN THE SPEAKER CAN TALK ABOUT THAT IS A SUM OF THINGS THAN NEED BE CONTINUED TO BE WORKED OUT BUT TO GET THIS DONE AND GET A BUDGET DEAL DONE WE MOVE FORWARD ON THAT AND SET THE TARGETS. >>BOTH SPEAKER HORTMAN AND I IN THE GOVERNOR AGREED WE REALLY WANT THE CHAIR IS IN THE COMMITTEES AND THE COMMISSIONERS ALL TO HAVE A MUCH BIGGER ROLE IN ALL OF THESE THINGS HAPPEN TO GO AND HAVE SOME OF THE SAME THINGS WE WENT THROUGH WHEN LOSE OR DRAW THOSE ARE THINGS SETTER BORN TO BE A DROP BUT WE WANT THEM ENGAGED IN IT THEY CAN CONVINCE EACH OTHER OR ONE TO LET THEM. GO THEM >>ALL BUT POLICY PROVISIONS MUST BE AGREED TO? THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES >>THIS IS A STATEMENT REALIA WITH THE BILL BECOMES LAW A LITTLE SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK THE GOVERNOR LITERALLY HAS THE AUTHORITY BUT SENATOR GAZELKA DOES NOT NEED TO BRING A BILL UP IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN’T AGREE WITH AND I DO NOT NEED TO LIFT A BILL OFF THE DAY WAS THAT I DON’T AGREE WITH SO WHAT WE EXPECT THIS THERE WILL BE VERY FEW DISPUTES THAT COME BACK TO THIS LEVEL BUT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS NOT ONE TO BE PASSING ANY BILLS SO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK THAT HE DOESN’T WANT TO SIGN AND THE ONLY BILLS THAT WILL PASS BOTH CHAMBERS WILL BE OK WITH SENATOR GAZELKA AND OK WITH ME. >>ANY AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT? IN THOSE 10 DISAGREEMENT >>THAT’S FAR WE HAVE SO MANY CHAIRS AND COMMISSIONERS. I THINK YOU’RE ASKING ABOUT THE SPECIAL SESSION BUT YOUR QUESTION GETS AT THE WORK THAT’S GOING TO BE DONE IN COMMITTEES I THINK YOU CAN EXPECT LATER THIS EVENING CONFERENCE COMMITTEES WILL RECONVENE AND AGGRESSIVE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES WILL GO UNTIL 1:00 THIS MORNING SOME MAY HAVE SOME WORK GROUPS THAT MEET IN PUBLIC AFTER 1:00 A.M. TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS AND A START MOVING LANGUAGE AGAIN AT 7:00 A.M. TOMORROW AND YOU WILL SEE A BREAKNECK PACE OF WORK BEING DONE AND AS MUCH OF IT IN THE OPEN CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AS POSSIBLE. >>I WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY I’M GOING TO COUNT THIS AS ON TIME AS A FOOTBALL COACH AT THIS IS AN OVERTIME THAT’S ALL THIS LAST ONE IS GET IT FINISHED RERUN TIME. >>DIGIT KITTY ARE PARTS TAX DEDICATED TO ROADS? >>THAT’S WHERE WE ARE AT NOW WHAT I WILL TELL YOU ALL SIDES BELIEVE ROADS AND BRIDGES IS VERY IMPORTANT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE FOCUSING ON THAT IF THERE ARE THINGS GOING FORWARD THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT WE WILL I THINK THE BIG THING IN TRANSPORTATION TO HIGHLIGHT THAT WAS A BIG BIG DEAL IS WE GOT TOGETHER AND LOOK AT HOW WE FIX MNLARS THAT WAS THE GOVERNOR TAKING A DIFFERENT LOOK, WE CONSIDER A THIRD-PARTY TAKING A LOOK AT IT HELPING US GET TO A DIFFERENT DECISION OR COMPLETE THE COURSE WE’RE ON THAT WAS A DIFFERENT STEP AND I THINK YOU’LL SEE THAT THROUGH TRANSPORTATION BUT ALSO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WE AGREED ON A BLUE RIBBON PANEL THAT GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ISSUES IS A SOMEPLACE WE HAVE MORE SAVINGS OR DELIVER CARE BETTER AND AIR A NEW THINGS HAPPENING THAT I HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE MY TIME HERE. >>IS THERE ANY BONDING FOR TRANSPORTATION? >>I LEAVE THIS TO THEM WE HAVE BONDING THAT WAS PART OF THIS OF COURSE WE’RE CARRYING THE DEBT SERVICE ON THE BONDING AGAIN AS THE SPEAKER SAID IN A LEADER SAID THERE’S A LOT OF HIS WORK HAS GONE OUT TO THE COMMITTEES WILL BE WORKING ON IT WILL SET A TARGET OF A LEAVE OF $500 MILLION IN BONDING WITH 60 OF THAT I SEE MINORITY LEADER DAUDT BACK THERE IF IT HELPS US GET THAT THROUGH THEIR LEADER WITH A BONDING PROPOSAL THAT FORMAT GO BACK AND BE HEARD AND THE PROPOSALS ARE BORN TO BE HEARD BUT IT IS IN THEIR IT’S IMPORTANT AND I THINK IT SHOWS YOU THE BROAD UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT THAT CAME HERE AND A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WERE TACKLED BUT THAT IS IN THERE AND THERE’S A $60 MILLION OF CRITICAL HOUSING COMBINING HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDING. >>WHAT’S THE OVERALL BUDGET TARGET IN THE STATE IS THEIR NUMBER IN FRONT? >>IT’S KINDA FUNNY WE WRAPPED UP ITS BEEN A BREAK THAT SINCE I HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SEEN THE ACTUAL NUMBER I WAS WAITING FOR MY TEAM WHEN I PRESENTED IT TO MY CAUCUS I KNOW IT’S A LITTLE BIT OVER $40 BILLION BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S MUCH OVER THAT. WE WERE LOOKING AT OVER TWO YEARS TO RUN AROUND 6% IT’S AT SIX . OR 6.3% A YEAR DON’T HOME TO THAT I DIDN’T SEE THE FINAL THE FINAL NUMBER. THE TAX BILL NO. WE ALL THOUGHT CONFORMITY WAS IMPORTANT SO WE DID THAT WE AGREED IT WOULD BE AS ZERO TARGET TAX BILL WE’RE GOING TO TAKE MONEY AND THEN IT GOES OUT IN TAX RELIEF AND OTHER THINGS SO BASICALLY I MENTIONED THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX BRACKET CUT THERE’S A LOT MORE BUT THAT HAS TO BE WORKED OUT BETWEEN THE CHAIRS AND THEIR COMMITTEES. >>AND ALSO TAKING $500 MILLION OUT OF THE RESERVE IS SET ASIDE OF CONFIDENCE IN THIS LAST TAX MONTH OR LAST RESORT? YOU NEEDED RESORT >>WE MADE THE CASE TO THE GOVERNOR THAT BECAUSE THE BILLS THE OMNIBUS CRIME WHOEVER NAMED THEM OUT THERE AND GOT VETOED THERE WAS A NUMBER OF RESOURCES WHEN WE GOT TO NOVEMBER WERE SCOOPED BACK INTO RESERVES STATE TOOK A TOTAL OF $491 MILLION IN NOVEMBER AND PUT IT INTO RESERVES SO NOW WE’RE AT 2.3 R $2.4 BILLION OF CASH RESERVE ACCOUNTS WE JUST SAID WE THINK WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THAT NUMBER WE’RE NOT GOING TO USE IT UNTIL THE NEXT TWO YEAR BIENNIUM AND THE OTHER THING HIGHLIGHTED IS WE ARE HALF OVER $500 MILLION OF MONEY THAT’S FORECASTED THAT’S ALREADY BEEN SHOWN THAT’S COMING IN SINCE WE SET THE BUDGET SO WE FEEL WE’RE IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PLACE.>>I THINK THAT’S RIGHT AND I WANT TO WHEN YOU RELEASE THE DIVIDED GOVERNMENT WORKING WE DON’T TAKE LIGHTLY THE USE OF THE RESERVES BECAUSE MINNESOTA’S CREDIT RATING IS DEPENDED ON THIS AND BUILDING UP A RAINY DAY FUND IS SOMETHING WE ALL AGREE WITH I DO THINK THERE WAS A REALITY THAT SENATOR GAZELKA MADE IT A GOOD POINT WE DIDN’T DISPUTE THAT THE STATE WAS DOING WELL THE INVESTMENTS WE MADE WHICH I THINK ARE IN EDUCATION AND SOME OF THE THINGS WE’RE DOING WERE STARTING TO PAY BACK AND WE WERE SEEING A STATE WHERE THE ECONOMY WAS THRIVING AND THINGS WERE WORKING AND WE DID HAVE A SURPLUS AND WE DID HAVE A RAINY DAY FUND THAT WAS HEALTHY AND WE CAME TO A COMPROMISE ABOUT USING A PORTION OF THOSE TO MOVE FORWARD I THINK THAT’S A COMPROMISE THAT WORK IT WAS A STRONG ARGUMENT I THINK WE ARGUED WE WANT TO DIP BELOW $2 BILLION IN CONTINUE TO GROW IT THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY AS HE SAID THE FORECAST HOLDS TRUE IN THOSE NUMBERS COME IN THE FINAL NOVEMBER REALIZATION THAT’S A GOOD THING TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD WE CAN’T COUNT ALWAYS BEEN THERE SO WE NEED TO BE PRUDENT BUT IT DID MAKE SENSE IN THIS CASE AND I’M COMFORTABLE WITH WHERE OUR FISCAL STABILITY IS I’M COMFORTABLE THAT OUR AAA RATING IS SECURE AND WERE ABLE A OR WAY UNDER OUR BONDING LEVEL OF WHERE WE COULD BE SO OUR FUNDAMENTALS ARE SOLID THE INDICATORS ON THE ECONOMY AT LEAST IN THE NEAR TERM ARE THERE AND WE’RE READY FOR ANYTHING. AS IT STARTS TO ANYTHING >>ONE MORE QUESTION AND THE GOVERNOR WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW. IS THIS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU THREE WELLS WAS INVOLVED IN THE AND? >>ANOTHER THING THAT WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER PRYOR’S WE HAD NON-PARTISAN FISCAL STAFF WITH US THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE TALKING ABOUT REAL NUMBERS AND THE THINGS THAT ACTUALLY PAN OUT NOT JUST IDEAS THAT SOUND GOOD BUT THINGS THAT ACTUALLY BALANCE AND THAT’S WHY THINK IT’S A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET SO THOSE WERE THE PEOPLE MADE THE MOST DIFFERENCE IN THE ROOM AT ALL TIMES REALLY AN INCREDIBLE AS DEBT OF GRATITUDE FROM ALL OF US TO MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND THEY’RE INCREDIBLY PROFESSIONAL STAFF WHO WORKED VERY HARD ON VERY LITTLE SLEEP TO MAKE SURE WE WERE AGREEING TO WORK WITH THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE AT THE STATE. >>ON THE OPIOID DEFEAT QUESTION? >>MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS CLOSING OUT. YOU HAVE TO ASK REPRESENT OF OLSON AND SENATOR ROSEN. >>LET’S TAKE A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS. >>THE MAJORITY LEADER IS GIVEN HIS WORD HAVA WOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF SESSION I TAKE HIM AND HIS WORD. >>SOME OF A CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AHEAD OF TIME TURNED IN THEIR WORK ARE YOU NOT WAIT UNTIL THE SPECIAL SESSION? >>I WOULD LIKE TO GET AS MUCH DONE IN THE REGULAR SESSION AS WE CAN’T. >>LAST WEEK I A FEEL SHOULD TAKE ONE OR TWO MORE. >>A LOT OF IT WAS PUBLIC THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU TAKE RISKS WANT YOU TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE DID THIS OR THAT AND SOMETIMES THOSE KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE MORE DIFFICULT IF YOU GOT ALL THE MEDIA WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. THAT’S PART OF THE REASON WE ONE OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO BE OPEN ALL THE POLICIES BEING DISCUSSED OPENLY WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NUMBERS AS A LOT TOUGHER AND I’M SORRY I BYPASSED YOU IN THE HALLWAY WAS TRYING TO GET IT DONE IN THE AND THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS. >>I THINK THIS IS A VERY VALID QUESTION WHEN YOU SEE A GROUP OF FOLKS ARE COMMITTED TO THIS MY TIME IN CONGRESS OF THINGS I WAS MOST PROUD OF SOME OF THOSE ETHICS REFORMS AND TRANSPARENCY THINGS SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION THINGS WE DID ON STOCK AT AN INSIDER TRADING AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS ONE OF THE THINGS I CAN SAY WE TRIED WAS STARTED EARLY THE DUELING PRESS CONFERENCES BECOME VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE TO GET A DEAL DONE YOU HAVE TO LOOK PEOPLE IN THE NINE HAVE TRUST AND SAY I’M GOING TO FOCUS TO SEE IF THERE’S A WAY TO GET HERE THOSE OF THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT CAN BE REAL BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF FOLKS WERE OF INTEREST IN S AND A THINK WE’RE STILL STRUGGLING DEMOCRACY IS INACTION YOU’D SEE IT DOESN’T WORK IN D.C. MOST PLACES CAN’T GET IT DONE WE DID SOMETHING HERE THAT IN 2019 IS A BIG DEAL DIVIDED GOVERNMENT AND WITH VASTLY DIFFERENT VISIONS AND DIFFERENT BUDGETS THAT CAME TOGETHER IN A MANNER THAT WAS RESPECTFUL THAT TOOK IN THOSE AND AGAIN I AGREE AND THAT THE PROCESS PIECE OF THIS THERE THINGS WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE PRODUCT WE’RE PROUD OF IT THERE WAS A LOT OF INTERACTION BACK TO THESE TERRORISTS BUT I TOO AM CONCERNED ABOUT WE THINK ABOUT IT BETTER I THINK FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS IS MY 120 A DAY WOULD EVER IN THIS JOB I THINK THIS COMMITMENT TO DOING IT IN THESE ARE STEPS FORWARD I APPRECIATE SENATOR GAZELKA STING THAT WORK ON MNLARS WAS A REAL LEAP OF FAITH ON ALL SIDES ON A FRUSTRATING SITUATION FOR ALL OF US THAT LITTLE BIT OF BILL TO HELP US IN SOME OF THESE THINGS SAY YOU HAVE MY WORD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN SOME OF THOSE THINGS TAKE WHERE IT THAT IS IN ADDLING PRESS CONFERENCE MODE IT DISINTEGRATES VERY QUICKLY. WE HEAR YOU I THINK THERE’S MORE TO BE DONE. >>WE WILL HAVE MORE AVAILABILITY TOMORROW THANK YOU. . . >>YOU’RE JUST WATCHING THE PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE I GOVERNOR AND BUDGET LEADERS OF THE HIGHLIGHTS THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCREASE IN THE GAS TAX THERE WILL BE A TAX CUT OF 1/4% IN THE SECOND YEAR TAXPAYERS THE HEALTH-CARE PROVIDER TAX WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT A SUNSET AT

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