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Many GOP priorities make it into state government bill

The state government finance bill may have been the last omnibus bill to pass in the recently concluded special session that ended the government shutdown, but in the eyes of Republican legislators, it certainly wasn’t the least. Although Republicans’ social policy proposals were rejected by Gov. Mark Dayton, the state government finance bill is loaded with GOP policy priorities for revamping the way state government operates.

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One-time budget fixes still popular at Capitol

Republicans originally planned to make their first round of cuts stick. As introduced, their $1 billion budget cutting bill made permanent reductions to programs like local government aid (LGA), health and human services and higher education that had been temporarily cut as part of the state's 2010 budget agreement. But in the first House committee hearing on the proposal, an amendment brought by House Taxes Chairman Greg Davids changed the bill to make the $480 million-plus in LGA cuts a one-time reduction, reverting back to previous levels starting in fiscal year 2014.

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