ST. PAUL A focus on troops returning home from war and renewable energy helped a spending bill win almost everyone's vote in the Minnesota House today.
The agriculture and veterans spending bill passed 131-to-2.
Soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan would get more help, including suicide prevention and counseling. The bill also boosts scholarships for the children and spouses of those killed or disabled in action.
The 175-(m)-million-dollar package would also mandate that quarter of all Minnesota's energy come from renewable sources by 2025, including fuels for cars.
It was the first in a parade of budget bills lined up for votes this week. Once the House passes its bills, negotiations with the Senate and Governor Tim Pawlenty can begin.