Budget Deal

(credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On Budget

Minnesota 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.


(credit: CBS)

Dayton Asks Lawmakers To Slow Down Auditor Changes

With 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.


(credit: CBS)

Dayton Floats Extra K-12 Funding In Sprint To Budget Deal

Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state’s final budget deal.


(credit: CBS)

Sen. Dibble Optimistic Lawmakers Can Reach A Budget Deal

While 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.


(credit: Jupiter Images)

Water Standard Delayed On Wild Rice Issue

Environmental 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.


(credit: Jupiter Images)

Minn. Legislature Passes Tax Bill, Holds Local Aid

The 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.


(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Convene To Vote On Ending Gov’t Shutdown

An 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.


(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Seeds Of Future Problems In Minn. Budget Deal

Minnesota’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.


(credit: CBS)

Another Day, No Deal At Minn. Capitol To Avert Shutdown

Gov. 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.


(credit: CBS)

Minn. Budget Talks Break Up As Shutdown Approaches

Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans return to the bargaining table on Sunday as they try to avoid a government shutdown.


(credit: CBS)

Dayton, GOP Meet For Daylong Budget Talks

Gov. 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.


(credit: Jupiter Images)

Govt. Shutdown Would Disrupt Camping Vacations

A government shutdown could disrupt the July Fourth holiday for those planning to use Minnesota’s 66 state parks and six recreation areas.


(credit: CBS)

As Shutdown Nears, GOP Roads Lead Open On Spending

The Senate’s lead Republican on transportation is signaling openness to more spending than his caucus leaders have said they will agree to.


(credit: CBS)

Court Weighs Minn. Budget Spat As Shutdown Looms

The budget spat between Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican state lawmakers moved from the Capitol to a courtroom Thursday, with a judge warning that the stalemate threatens a state constitutional crisis with a government shutdown a week away.


(credit: Jupiter Images)

Minnesota State Workers Prepare For Layoffs

We are exactly one month away from a state government shutdown if the Governor and state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget.


Generic, Empty Desks, Education, School

Dayton Faces Deadline To Act On K-12 Schools Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto the biggest piece of the Legislature’s budget on Tuesday — a spending package for public schools.


Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, st paul, generic, government

No Budget Deal Makes Minn. Special Session Certain

A special session for Minnesota state lawmakers is a certainty after the Legislature adjourned without a budget deal between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the House and Senate.


(credit: CBS)

Disability Rights Group Briefly Shuts Down MN Senate

With less than two weeks left before the end of the session at the Minnesota Capitol, the budget is still up in the air. On Wednesday, a small group of people with disabilities came to protest the fact that state senators have been talking about a gay marriage ban instead of dollars and cents.


(credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Sen. Klobuchar: Budget Deal Something Of A Roadmap

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says the last minute budget deal reached Friday night will serve as something of a road map for an overall budget plan still to be worked out. The action averted a federal government shutdown.