ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers say they expect work to pick up on budget negotiations between the House and Senate this week.

Spending bills for everything from public schools to health care programs and law enforcement are pending before legislative negotiating committees. The House and the Senate passed different versions of the bills more than a month ago.

The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn in two weeks, on May 23.

If work on the budget isn’t finished by that deadline, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton would have to call a special session to keep state government operating past June 30. That’s when the current state budget runs out.

Monday’s legislative agenda includes conference committee meetings on taxes, jobs and public safety.

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Comments (3)
  1. Darren says:

    Amazing, all you hear about is the Damn Vikings Stadium. When are the politicians going to do their job and get the budget finished. THe Vikings stadium can wait.

  2. Yelper says:

    While Democrats work on the budget, Republicans are trying to make the “Cream Puff’ the MN state desert!

    What morons!

    1. Claire says:

      some politicians can walk and chew gum at the same time. The fact that the Republicans have already submitted a budget that old crazy eyes Dayton needs to sign. Dayton has chosen to hold up the budget.
      We are on to the next item on the agenda, move along or get out of the way.

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