The Democrat-controlled Minnesota House passed a major health-and-human-services budget bill last night (Thurs), setting the stage for heated debate over health care in the final three weeks of the legislative session. House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt warns:

“This bill will increase health care costs for every Minnesota on every procedure by two percent.”

Democrats respond it’s necessary to continue the provider tax that’s been in place many years, or…

“Go talk your rural hospital. See what’ll happen to them if the provider tax is allowed to sunset.”

…Rochester Democrat Tina Liebling (LEEB-ling). Governor Tim Walz said earlier “the provider tax is not going to expire” or there will be a catastrophic effect on the state budget.