State lawmakers will be working out the details on the “global” budget agreement reached by the governor and legislative leaders ahead of a special session. A key issue up for debate: the state’s provider tax on medical providers–which has been extended in the agreement. Governor Walz says…

“The care that comes out of the provider tax, most of that was in greater Minnesota and most of the people who were at risk if the provider tax was not there and I can’t stress enough that the sunset is gone forever.”

Senate and House Republicans, however, are not happy the provider tax is staying. The provision was set to go away at the end of the year, but in the governor and legislative leaders’ deal, it would remain, and at a slightly lower rate.