Governor Dayton’s priorities in his $45.8 billion budget: preschool, health insurance, and an increased gas tax.
The balanced 2018-19 budget proposal includes about $1.9 billion in new spending compared with the last two-year budget, but it offsets some of that by shifting $733 million in Medicaid spending from the general fund to a separate health care fund.
Overall, the proposal includes 9.6 percent more general fund spending than the $41.5 billion 2016-17 budget. That budget was about a 4.7 percent increase on the $39.6 billion 2014-15 budget.
Republicans, newly empowered after a taking over the state Senate in November’s elections, criticized the governor’s budget as excessive