ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has unveiled his Supplemental FY12-13 Budget proposal, which invests in jobs, provides needed resources for Police Officers and benefits to Veterans, and funds essential healthcare for the Minnesotans most in need. The Governor’s $60 million supplemental budget is balanced and fiscally responsible, which is in line with his challenge to the Legislature to offset any new General Fund spending with revenues.
Governor Dayton said, “My supplemental budget invests in more jobs for Minnesotans, deserved support for our Police Officers and Veterans, and correcting the most extreme cuts to essential health care made last year. Those are my priorities: the people of Minnesota and good jobs for all of them.”
Highlights of the Supplemental Budget:
Funds the Jobs Bill. The budget includes $35 million for the Jobs Now Tax Credit, which will put thousands of Veterans, students, and currently unemployed Minnesotans back to work. The budget also includes $2 million for an expansion of FastTRAC and an additional $10 million for the Minnesota Investment Fund.
Increases Benefits for Veterans. The Governor’s supplemental budget provides $915,000 for an expansion of the Veterans GI Bill, $1.05 million in increased funding for County Veterans Service Officers, and keeps the Governor’s commitment for $100,000 in sustained funding for honor guard services.
Reverses Deepest Cuts in DHS. The Governor’s supplemental budget includes $5.9 million for Personal Care Attendant funding, $6.4 million for Medical Education Research Costs, and $4.7 million for emergency, life-saving care like chemotherapy and dialysis for the sickest Minnesotans.
Fighting the Spread of Asian Carp. The Governor’s budget includes $4 million annually for the control of aquatic invasive species.