Policy proposals drop out of the budget bill

There hasn’t been much to report from the conference committee on the supplemental budget bill (HF 1812). Last night, however, they handed out a sheet listing all the policy provisions they have agreed to drop out of HF 1812. They will not be putting together some kind of omnibus policy bill. Instead, each provision will basically have to find a new path to becoming law…possibly through other conference committees. No further specifics were provided by the conference committee chairs. I’ve posted a PDF version of the handout listing all the “reassigned” policy provisions.

The conference committee will be meeting again on Wednesday to begin discussing “same and similar” provisions in the House and Senate versions of the bill. But what we are really waiting for are the House, Senate and Governor to come to an agreement on some “global targets” so that we can start wrapping up this budget bill! The only movement we’ve seen is the Governor offer to reduce the amount used from the Health Care Access Fund (HCAF) from $250 million to just $125 million, replacing those funds with $125 million in unspecified budget cuts (see the story on MPR). (By the way, you can see one of my old blog postings to find out how much the Governor’s original proposal really used from the HCAF – hint, more than $250 million.)

-Christina Wessel

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