Monday's agreement between Gov. Dayton and GOP legislators cleared the way ... almost.
Gov. Mark Dayton and House GOP leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget and are close on other issues.
The layoffs won't take effect until July 1 and that's only if Dayton and the Legislature fail to agree on a budget.
Dayton said he's upset the Republican-controlled House would not agree to spend between $125 and $150 million more on education — especially when they left $1 billion unspent.
When there's a surplus, the governor and lawmakers traditionally cut a deal to give everyone a piece of the pie. This year, the focus seemed to be on ensuring neither got the upper hand.
The divided Minnesota Legislature on Monday finished a $41.5 billion budget. But Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto an education bill, requiring legislators to return for a special session.
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are scheduled to resume budget talks Friday morning.
Minnesota Democrats want to fund transportation projects with a boost in gas taxes and a Twin Cities sales tax. Republicans want a $2 billion tax cut. They're at a standstill.
Gov. Mark Dayton wants $700 million in new spending on early childhood and K-12 education. Senate Democrats want $360 in additional spending, while House Republicans want $158 million.
Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he isn't interested in mounting a comeback for governor in 2018.
The Senate added the body camera language to a bill that regulates how police collect and retain information from automated license plate readers. The House version does not mention body cameras.
Oil cars on a BNSF train were burning Wednesday near Heimdal, N.D. No injuries were reported. Gov. Dayton said the accident reinforces the need to boost Minnesota's rail safety.
If Minnesota lands the 2020 game, it will mark the third major sports event in a row hosted at the new Vikings stadium, which already has plans to host the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four.
Top GOP and DFL lawmakers are deeply divided on a budget deal despite a huge surplus. As a crucial deadline approaches, the specter of a shutdown looms.
The Senate bill would raise gas taxes and add a Twin Cities metro-area sales tax to pay for transit. Republicans oppose the plan. The two parties also differ on tax policy.