Walz, Minnesota lawmakers end budget impasse ahead of Monday deadline

Star Tribune: Gov. Tim Walz and top Democratic and GOP lawmakers arrived at a hard-fought spending deal Sunday without the controversial gas tax hike the governor wanted, but with schools gaining significantly more money than Republicans had sought.

The compromise, ending a weeks­long impasse, boosts the general fund overall by 6%, but each side had to jettison priorities — Walz is denied much of the new revenue he wanted for road improvements, while a health care tax that Republicans sought to end survives largely intact.

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