What Passed at End of Special Session
The special session ended and work at the Minnesota state Capitol is now complete. At least until lawmakers reconvene in February. So what was accomplished? Here are three outcomes of the special session:
- Minnesota roads and bridges will get an additional $275 million over the next two years. It’s money obtained from growth in existing state taxes. A proposed gas tax increase stalled.
- Minnesota public schools will see a two percent increase in spending in each of the next two years. At least one local district tells CCX news the two percent increases won’t be enough to stave off cuts.
- For the first time in nearly 20 years, many Minnesotans are getting an income tax cut. It impacts individuals earning as little as $26,000 to families making up to $150,000. It would save families about $280 a year on average.