Minnesota Public Radio coverage of the Minnesota budget negotiations.
Parties heat up rhetoric over looming government shutdown With 10 days left before a potential Minnesota state government shutdown, Republican legislative leaders today are calling on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to resume negotiations and make a new budget offer. GOP leaders also urged Dayton to call a special session, even though the two sides remain deeply divided on key issues.June 20, 2011
Minn. Human Services warns clients of gov't shutdown The state Department of Human Services is
notifying hundreds of thousands of clients that they might lose
access to health care assistance and other services if Minnesota
government shuts down on July 1.June 14, 2011
Courts' role in deciding state spending is questioned A Ramsey County judge will decide whether Minnesota should continue funding essential services if state government shuts down on July 1. Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a petition asking a judge for authority to continue funding some services. But some lawmakers question the courts' role in funding state services.June 14, 2011
Public schools anxious over possible government shutdown Employees of Minnesota's public schools are not state workers, but their salaries and other school expenses rely on money that districts get from the state. So, one question surrounding a possible government shutdown is whether public schools in Minnesota would continue to receive state payments. Without any definitive ruling on the question yet, school leaders are drawing up contingency plans.June 13, 2011
Republicans make concessions on spending in budget talks They say they're willing to spend more money on K12 schools, public safety and the courts, but they don't want to increase the size of their overall budget. That means Republicans would be forced to make cuts in other areas.June 6, 2011
No budget deal could result in the state's largest layoff State government is the largest single employer in Minnesota with about 35,000 employees working for various state agencies under the executive branch, some 4,000 people working in state courts and higher education and tens of thousands more in higher education.June 3, 2011
Dayton says no to GOP budget panel, wants mediator Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wants to hire an outside mediator to help break his budget impasse with Republican lawmakers over the state's budget.
But his proposal was rejected Thursday by GOP legislative leaders. The two sides had nothing to show for another day of lobbing criticism at each other.June 2, 2011
A frosty, but civil, town hall for Rep. Keith Downey The Republican lawmaker faced a roomful of public employees who could soon be out of work if lawmakers can't reach an agreement on erasing a projected $5 billion deficit and who were already angry over his efforts to cut the state workforce by 15 percent.June 2, 2011
Dayton, GOP numbers on budget solutions don't line up Experts say Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton are using different numbers to make their case for their respective budget shortfall solutions to the public. They say neither side is wrong as long as they don't mix figures.June 2, 2011
Sen. Pappas, Rep. Daudt offer end-of-session perspectives MPR's All Things Considered followed veteran DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul and freshman GOP Rep. Kurt Daudt of Crown throughout the 2011 legislative session. The session has ended without a budget deal, and Pappas and Daudt spoke to MPR's Tom Crann to reflect on the session.June 1, 2011