Erin Golden | Star Tribune
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Erin Golden reports on Minnesota government and politics. Before joining the Star Tribune, she reported for the Omaha World-Herald and The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin.


State Legislature ends special session with $46B budget

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.


State Legislature wraps up special session

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.


Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.


Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

"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.


Legislature chips away at budget, but long list remains

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.


Legislative session counts down amid uncertainty, quiet at Minn. Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers have only until Monday night in their nearly five-month session and one huge, unfinished job.


Education veto, spending fight dominate end days of Minn. Legislature

Dayton, Republicans deadlocked over budget; GOP upset as Dayton vetoes major education priority.


Dayton signs bill to bring Minn. driver's licenses in line with federal rules

No budget agreement, but the battle over ID bill appears to be over, along with worries that passports would be needed to fly.


Dayton, GOP leaders get closer to a budget deal

Both sides offered concessions on spending and tax cuts and managed to reach agreement on the first of 10 bills.


Gov. Dayton to Republicans: take policy out of budget debate

Dayton's flurry of vetoes stalls momentum on budget with week of session left to go.