• Cuts and compromise on environmental bill
    The environment bill negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers includes some budget cuts and some compromise on policy issues.July 19, 2011
  • Bill cuts funding for higher education by 10%
    In the next two years, Minnesota's higher education system will each receive a little over a billion dollars in state aid, 10 percent less than they received in the previous two years.July 19, 2011
  • State transportation cuts lessened under agreement
    The transportation bill agreed to as part of the state budget agreement doesn't cut transit funding as deeply as originally proposed and even contains some additional money for road maintenance.July 19, 2011
  • Lawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments
    The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal.July 19, 2011
  • Delay in reaching finalized budget worries state workers
    Many expected political squabbling to slow down a solution, but delays in reaching a finalized budget worry some of the roughly 22,000 state workers who remain laid off.July 19, 2011
  • Shutdown erodes state's already-sullied reputation for good governance
    A veteran political reporter says Minnesota's reputation for good governance has eroded and "gone the way of Northwest Airlines."July 19, 2011
  • Charter school advocates want exemption from payment delay
    Minnesota charter school advocates said the tentative budget agreement between the governor and Republican lawmakers will hit charters harder than traditional schools.July 18, 2011
  • Capitol to reopen Tuesday
    The Minnesota State Capitol reopens 9 a.m. Tuesday,. Gov. Mark Dayton's office released the announcement Monday evening.July 18, 2011
  • GOP leaders ready four budget bills
    GOP leaders readied four budget bills Monday for Gov. Mark Dayton's approval, while the work on the remaining five bills continued. Dayton has said he won't call a special session until all of the bills are written and approved.July 18, 2011
  • No special session today: Lobbyists descend on Capitol
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders will meet again to find a way out of the state government shutdown. Meanwhile, lobbyists, union representatives and special interest groups are descending on the Capitol.July 18, 2011
  • End of shutdown nears, but money tight for some contractors
    Until lawmakers approve a new budget early this week, 22,000 state employees will remain out of work along with thousands of private sector workers.July 18, 2011
  • Budget work drags on at Capitol
    The start of an anticipated special session to end the state governor shutdown is uncertain, as budget committee chairs and commissioners continued meeting on several key spending bills.July 17, 2011
  • Dayton, GOP continue hammering out budget details
    The two sides are meeting in private and the public is locked out of the Capitol. At stake is billions of dollars of spending for schools, health care and aid to cities and counties.July 16, 2011
  • Video: Budget deal explained
    Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative leaders have finally agreed on how to balance the Minnesota state budget. How will they do it? They plan to borrow the money.July 15, 2011
  • Economists cautious on borrowing against tobacco fund
    The state budget deal brewing between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders involves a lot of debt, including perhaps borrowing $700 million by tapping future tobacco settlement payments.July 15, 2011
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