Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On BudgetMinnesota lawmakers zeroed in Wednesday on a conclusion to their prolonged budget dispute, preparing for a special session by week's end to pass remaining bills. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton declared an end to their stalemate and set a hearing for Thursday on the final outstanding pieces of the state's budget. Dayton and top lawmakers alerted all legislators to be back in St. Paul for a one-day session that the governor will likely order for Friday.
Dayton Asks Lawmakers To Slow Down Auditor ChangesWith thousands of state jobs in limbo, top lawmakers called it a week -- with no deal to finish their work in a special session. Legislators now have just 25 days to reach a deal or parts of the government start shutting down on July 1.
Dayton Floats Extra K-12 Funding In Sprint To Budget DealMinnesota schools may get extra money from the state's final budget deal.
Sen. Dibble Optimistic Lawmakers Can Reach A Budget DealWhile Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt proved they could fish together during the weekend opener, it remains to be seen if they can agree on a budget deal.
Water Standard Delayed On Wild Rice IssueEnvironmental groups are upset over a provision in Minnesota's new budget that will delay enforcement of a water quality standard meant to protect the state's wild rice beds.
Minn. Legislature Passes Tax Bill, Holds Local AidThe Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year.
Lawmakers Convene To Vote On Ending Gov't ShutdownAn end to Minnesota's nearly three-week-long state government shutdown came into view Tuesday, when Gov. Mark Dayton called the Legislature into a special session to vote on a budget deal.
Seeds Of Future Problems In Minn. Budget DealMinnesota's leaders made a deal that will probably end the nation's longest state government shutdown in a decade, but they didn't really solve their budget problem. Instead, they just shuffled it down the road to be faced another day.
Another Day, No Deal At Minn. Capitol To Avert ShutdownGov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met briefly Monday, but kept a tight clamp on whether their private meetings have produced any progress toward a budget deal that would head off a government shutdown at the end of the week.
Minn. Budget Talks Break Up As Shutdown ApproachesGov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans return to the bargaining table on Sunday as they try to avoid a government shutdown.
Dayton, GOP Meet For Daylong Budget TalksGov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have broken from a day's worth of budget negotiations as they try to head off a state government shutdown on July 1.
Govt. Shutdown Would Disrupt Camping VacationsA government shutdown could disrupt the July Fourth holiday for those planning to use Minnesota's 66 state parks and six recreation areas.