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The move caps a week of closed-door talks between the governor and House and Senate leaders scrambling to fill in details of state government budget bills. Lawmakers must ratify a $48 billion budget before a negotiated deadline of 7 a.m. Saturday.
Lawmakers continue hash out budget bills' details ahead of special session.
On the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end.
With time running out, legislative leaders tentatively planned a special session Thursday to hammer out final budget agreements through a series of conference committees or "working groups."
The deal denies Gov. Tim Walz much of the new revenue he wanted for road improvements, but leaves mostly intact a health care tax that Republicans sought to end. There's also a small middle-class income tax cut.
As Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders were meeting, lawmakers prepared a stopgap funding deal, which the Senate Finance Committee approved.
Deadline looms on Monday.
Monday's breakdown came after hours of incremental progress as formal negotiations resumed in earnest for the first time in nearly a week.
Bargaining chips abound as lawmakers tuck pet policies into end-of-session budget bills.
Affordability and workforce changes are among the issues faced by the University of Minnesota and cited by the newcomers.