Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling his $842 million spending proposal a "jobs bill" that will address many of the state's critical infrastructure needs, while strengthening Minnesota's economy.
Gov. Dayton's spending priorities
Education - $211 million
Economic development - $169 million
Parks and historic sites - $124 million
Environmental protection - $99 million
Corrections, public safety and human services - $97 million
Rail safety improvements - $79 million
Veterans and military affairs - $16 million
Other - $47 million
A complete list of projects is available at http://www.mn.gov/governor/images/fact_sheet_jobs_bill.pdf
42 days to finish budget
State lawmakers are returning from their spring break, with just 42 days to craft a two-year, $40 billion budget. The legislative session ends May 18.
Lawmakers also have to decide what to do with the state's $1.9 billion surplus. Gov. Dayton would like to spend the surplus on education and transportation, but Republicans would like to see tax cuts.