Comparing priorities: Governor, House and Senate targets

After pouring over dozens of spreadsheets, I’ve been able to come up with an apples to apples comparison of the targets set by the Governor, House and Senate. This is always a little tricky because all three have their own way of categorizing the budget areas. But I’ve realigned all three to match the Senate finance committee structure.

You can see the comparison table below. Or, if you find it hard to read, a PDF version with better formatting is available online.

The supplemental budget bills in both the House (HF 1812) and the Senate (SF 3813) are now done with the committee process and awaiting action on the floor.

It’s worth noting that all three proposals rely heavily on using one time funds (such as the budget reserve, cash flow account or transfers from other funds) to solve the deficit in this biennium. The use of some one time funds is understandable, but reserves are best used to buy time to allow a more long-term strategy to take effect. In this case, we are just pushing the problem to the future. Without additional revenues, legislators are likely to face even tougher budget cutting decisions when they come back next January to set the budget for the FY 2010-11 biennium.

-Christina Wessel

Governor House (HF 1812) Senate (SF 3813)
  FY 2008-09 FY 2008-09 FY 2008-09
E-12 Education -$2.4 million $22.9 million -$893,000
Higher Education -$51.8 million -$19.5 million -$22.8 million
Health & Human Services -$276.3 million -$131.6 million -$199.8 million
Agriculture & Veterans
$9.0 million $4.8 million $1.6 million
Environment, Energy &
Natural Resources
-$10.0 million -$10.3 million -$13.1 million
Economic Development -$21.9 million -$29.0 million -$65.5 million
Transportation -$32.4 million -$200,000 -$16.2 million
Public Safety & Judiciary -$16.5 million -$11.0 million -$19.5 million
State Government -$22.6 million -$21.7 million -$46.5 million
Other (Claims Bill) $0 $86,000 $86,000
Taxes -$43.1 million -$201.8 million -$150.2 million
Transfer from Cash
Flow Account
$0 -$350 million -$350 million
Transfer from Budget
-$250 million -$250 million -$100 million
Transfer from Health
Care Access Fund
-$250 million $0 $0
Transportation Bill (HF
2800, enacted into law)
$3.2 million $3.2 million $3.2 million
Tax Bill (HF 3201,
enacted into law)
$355,000 $0 $0
Deficiencies (HF 3055,
enacted into law)
$175,000 $175,000 $175,000
I-35W victims (HF 2553,
in conference committee)
$20 million $40 million $26.4 million
Capitol Investment (HF 380,
in conference committee)
$8.4 million $17.7 million $18.4 million
Total -$935.8 million -$936.3 million -$934.6 million

About Christina Wessel

Christina served as the Minnesota Budget Project's deputy director until January 2014.
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