ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators want to tack $209 million onto a $39 billion, two-year budget that state leaders enacted a year ago.

They also want to see how North Dakota’s oil boom is affecting Minnesota.

The Senate voted 37-27 Tuesday night to increase spending for many programs, including nearly $95 million for health programs - among them raising payments for home health care providers. The measure also increases public school spending $41 million and higher education funding $26 million.

The University of Minnesota Duluth would get $2.5 million to deal with financial problems on the campus. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities would receive $17 million to help retain quality workers.

It also would fund a student loan refinance program to lower student loan interest rates.

The House earlier approved spending $322 million more in a similar bill. Negotiators will have to reconcile the two bills when the Legislature returns April 22 after an Easter-Passover recess that begins Friday.

Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters that both houses spend too much in their budget-tweaking bills and he will look into it further during the legislative break.

Senate Finance Chairman Richard Cohen, D-St. Paul, said the additional spending is modest and needed.

“It has many things that are desirous of the state and we all feel are desirous to the state,” Cohen said.

Adding money for home care is “a signature provision” of the bill, said Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick.

Senators of both parties agreed.

“Republicans are not afraid to spend some money,” said Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, but she and others in the GOP backed a failed attempt to strip the budget bill of most funding other than the health money.

The biggest single appropriation is $80 million in the home care area, Cohen said, with 80 percent of the money to go to higher wages.

The House and Senate bills both include increased home health care spending.

Among the provisions is money for a study about how the North Dakota oil boom affects Minnesota. Sen. Kent Eken, D-Twin Valley, brought up the concept, especially wanting to know how the boom affects northwestern Minnesota.

The study must address several issues, including economic, fiscal and demographic effects. Eken asks for both positive and negative impacts.

Data obtained in the study “must be utilized to formulate policy recommendations on how the state, the northwestern region of the state and border cities may respond to the challenges and opportunities for economic growth and financial investment that may be derived from the regional economic changes resulting from the oil production,” the provision says.

The $150,000 study must be completed by Feb. 15, 2015.

The bill also would add $43 million to highway spending, with $5 million going to replace aging state snowplows.

Also included in the bill is a long-held desire by Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, to study increasing two-lane road speed limits to 65 mph.

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