Top state lawmakers say they are “very close” to an agreement to hold a special session in the next few days — but still no official word on when. Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Monday on an education spending bill that was causing the budget impasse. But there’s another issue that has the state auditor considering going to court.
Environmental groups are hoping to preserve a citizen oversight board at the state’s pollution control agency, but it may be too late. Gov. Mark Dayton and top lawmakers worked Tuesday to put the finishing touches on a deal for the state’s budget, including a retooled environment budget that Dayton previously vetoed.
Makeshift House and Senate chambers have been arranged for an impending special session. Now all state leaders need are final budget bills for lawmakers to vote on. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Tuesday that a session this week is still a possibility as long as lingering issues with three budget bills and two other pieces of legislation can be addressed by Wednesday.
A special session that was expected to be difficult just got a whole lot messier. On Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the agriculture-and-environment bill, as well the jobs bill. That’s on top of the education bill he also vetoed earlier in the week.
Here’s a look at the 4 things you need to know for May 24, 2015. They include the latest on the upcoming special session, same-sex marriage becoming legal in Ireland, and some new ways to beat the heat at Valleyfair.
Minnesota has had 45 special sessions the last 110 years. But it’s never had a problem like this — there is no place to meet. Workers are emptying the State Capitol of all its contents, preparing for the most intense, complex restoration the building has ever had. And lawmakers are looking for a new special session home.
Gov. Mark Dayton has followed through on his promise to veto the Legislature’s budget for public schools.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he will not apologize for comments he made about Republicans after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Dayton plans to veto the $17 billion education bill later this week and call a special session of the legislature to pass a new version instead.
Now that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on. Groups with a gripe about the budget are trying to get in on the special session provoked by a promised veto of a $17 billion education spending plan, and some want Gov. Mark Dayton to veto other bills too.
A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.
A measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews now conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t let it stay law for long.
A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.
If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.
Minnesota’s Legislature has sent an education budget to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk where it’s likely to meet his veto pen.
Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.
As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.
Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.
Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.
Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.
Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state’s final 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.
Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.
Gov. Mark Dayton was up early Saturday morning to take part in Minnesota’s 68th annual walleye fishing opener. He’s on Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota. Last year he got skunked, so hopefully he will have better luck this year.
Gov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among the government officials who grabbed shovels to help break ground for Minnesota’s newest state park. Construction began Friday on the campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.