How much will same-sex marriage in MN cost? - KMSP-TV

How much will same-sex marriage in MN cost?

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The bill to legalize same-sex marriage will have a House committee hearing Monday as a recent report put cost estimates on the table.

Minnesota's budget office posted an estimate on Saturday that said if same-sex marriage passes, there is a projected positive general fund impact of about $190,000 during the next two years, largely attributed to an increased number of marriage licenses.

However, the passage will cost the state employee insurance fund around $1.3 million to provide health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of state employees. Adding it up, the net cost to the state will be about $1.1 million over the next two years.

The bill is now set for a hearing in the House Ways and Means committee on Monday afternoon before it can come to a full vote on the House floor, potentially this week. The session ends May 20.

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