ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- From $3 extra for a driver's license to higher charges for water usage, hundreds of millions of dollars in fee increases are strewn throughout the budget bills starting to pass at the Capitol.
Minnesota Public Radio reports House budgets contain roughly $600 million in new fees or fee increases, while the Senate budgets look to raise about half that. That's in addition to the $2.5 billion in taxes proposed by Democrats in control of the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, a Lakeville Republican, says the fee hikes aren't necessary to fix a $627 million budget deficit. Some Democrats defended them, saying they put money into underfunded programs.
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