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With votes on the bonding bill finishing up at around 3 a.m. Friday, lawmakers ended their work on the state's $46 billion two-year budget. They passed measures that include tax breaks for Social Security recipients, smokers and others.
With votes on the bonding bill, lawmakers ended their work early Friday on the state's $46 billion two-year budget. The finish came on the fourth day they met in a special session. The bills were headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.
"We've got a framework. We still have details to work out," Dayton said, calling a special session for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to end at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
By late Sunday, the House and Senate had passed only three of 10 budget bills that will shape the state's next spending plan. Among the biggest challenges as private budget talks tumbled on: finding agreement on spending on transportation and health and human services programs, and final details on hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts sought by Republicans.
Minnesota lawmakers have only until Monday night in their nearly five-month session and one huge, unfinished job.
Dayton, Republicans deadlocked over budget; GOP upset as Dayton vetoes major education priority.
No budget agreement, but the battle over ID bill appears to be over, along with worries that passports would be needed to fly.
Both sides offered concessions on spending and tax cuts and managed to reach agreement on the first of 10 bills.
Dayton's flurry of vetoes stalls momentum on budget with week of session left to go.