Minnesota Public Radio coverage of the Minnesota budget negotiations.
Minn. residents have mixed reaction to budget deal As negotiators work out details to end Minnesota's state government shutdown, reaction to the potential deal is mixed among state residents. We sampled the sentiment of people in the Bemidji area today.July 15, 2011
Dayton aims for special session on Monday DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called state employees the "real heroes" of the budget stalemate and shutdown and said he's hopeful they will get back pay to make up for lost wages. During an appearance on MPR's Midday program, Dayton said he hoped to call lawmakers back into special session on Monday to approve the budget deal and end the shutdown.July 15, 2011
Gov. Mark Dayton on the budget deal DFL Gov. Mark Dayton made the move that will likely end the state government shutdown by accepting a Republican budget offer -- with a few new conditions -- that he had initially rejected two weeks ago.Midday, July 15, 2011
Short-term fixes end budget stalemate DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are moving forward on a budget framework that relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future.Midday, July 15, 2011
Deal at a glance Here's a look at the key items in the June 30 proposal that forms the basis of Thursday's initial agreement to end the shutdown and close a $1.4 million gap between parties' budget proposals.July 15, 2011
Leaders now tasked with writing, passing budget With Minnesota's government impasse close to over, Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are tasked with writing budget bills and passing them in a special legislative session.July 15, 2011
Budget compromise reached; ends 15-day shutdown Although DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a budget framework to end a 15-day-old state government shutdown, neither side is celebrating the deal that relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future.July 15, 2011
Minnesota's shutdown nears an end Minnesotans have watched politics and partisanship in action during the two-week long state government shutdown.
Will the next few days provide a road map to how the state will be governed?Midmorning, July 15, 2011
How schools will be affected by aid payment shift The budget agreement reached Thursday makes some fundamental changes in the way the state funds public schools. Gov. Mark Dayton had already proposed delaying 30 percent of school payments as part of the budget he presented in February. Here's more information on how that shift will affect school districts.July 14, 2011
What are tobacco bonds? Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to end the state shutdown and reach a new two-year budget deal includes $700 million in revenue from the sale of "tobacco bonds." That's left many people wondering what the bonds are and how the proposal would work.July 14, 2011