GOVERNOR: $468.2 million (including $112 million for a reserve)
HOUSE: $468.2 million (including $112 million for a reserve)
SENATE: $384 million (including $28 million for a reserve)
All three avoid cutting basic classroom aid to schools, but make grant reductions and trim the education department's operating budget
GOVERNOR: $4.7 million
HOUSE: $7.5 million
SENATE: $4.7 million
All three reduce allocations to the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the Higher Education Services Office, which oversees student aid programs.
GOVERNOR: $80 million
HOUSE: $81.5 million
SENATE: $60.1 million
All three plans would delay a sales tax refund to businesses that upgrade equipment, a shift that yields $50 million in savings. No general tax increases.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
All three change or cut money for programs that help Minnesotans on welfare, in nursing homes or need state-aided health assistance.
GOVERNOR: $38.9 million
HOUSE: $45.6 million
SENATE: $53 million (much of it by delaying payments)
All three achieve savings mostly by reducing agency and board budgets and tapping a solid waste fund.
GOVERNOR: $22.4 million
HOUSE: $22.4 million
SENATE: $15.8 million
This is one of the main areas of difference, primarily over the size of cuts to state ethanol subsidies. Agency budgets and grants are cut in each plan.
GOVERNOR: $29.2 million
HOUSE: $8.3 million
SENATE: $3.2 million
The disparity in this area relates to how each treats a $59 million Iron Range development fund, with the House taking the most from that account and the Senate taking none.
GOVERNOR: $63.6 million
HOUSE: $73.7 million
SENATE: $17.5 million
They're close in numbers, but differ greatly on where the money comes from. One point of contention is a Senate proposal to house some state inmates in county jails.
GOVERNOR: $13.1 million
HOUSE: $12.9 million
SENATE: $12.2 million
The plans are virtually identical and all depend on borrowing to pay for road projects for which cash was previously appropriated.
GOVERNOR: $148.4 million
HOUSE: $148.4 million
SENATE: $145.8 million
Budget cuts hit an array of agencies and boards. Proposals by Pawlenty and the House also include provisions to require shorter work days for some state employees and permit government to farm out more services to the private sector.
GOVERNOR: $10.1 million
HOUSE: $12.6 million
SENATE: $25.7 million
Pawlenty and the House would cancel some projects and capture unspent money.
GOVERNOR: $7.6 million
HOUSE: $5.4 million
Sources: House, Senate research.
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