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Deficiency spending approved (new law)

Published (4/10/2009)
By Mike Cook
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Deficiency funding for a pair of state departments has received gubernatorial approval.

Sponsored by Rep. Loren Solberg (DFL-Grand Rapids) and Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), the law, signed April 6 and effective the next day, provides a combined $17.06 million to the Human Services and Public Safety departments.

The law provides $16 million for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake and St. Peter and $1.06 million to provide a final match for federal relief money for southeast Minnesota areas where flooding occurred last year.

Of the sex offender money, $14.4 million will come from the General Fund, with the other 10 percent coming from counties.

The funding requests came from Minnesota Management and Budget through the governor’s office.


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