The 73-59 vote in which one Democrat joined all Republicans in favor is far from the final word.
Republicans want to cut $1.1 billion from health and human services to spend on tax cuts, education and transportation. Health care officials say that may harm needy Minnesotans.
House Republicans will seek $2 billion in tax cuts when they return from 10 days off. Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats say too much tax relief could hurt Minnesota.