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Sign-up for the new DMC program will begin on June 17 and will continue until Sept. 30 at local Farm Service Agency offices. DMC payments are scheduled to begin after July 8 and DMC payments to eligible dairy producers will be made retroactively back to Jan. 1, 2019.

By continuing the healthcare provider tax, the budget prevents an approximately $700 million-a-year hole in the Health Care Access Fund, which is used to fund public health programs and healthcare for one million Minnesotans enrolled in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare.

In a perfect world, the largest expenses in retirement would be for fun things like travel and entertainment. In the real world, retiree health-care costs can take an unconscionably big bite out of savings. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $275,000 to cover health-care costs throughout retirement, Fidelity Investments said in its annual cost estimate, out Thursday.