Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

The nearly $500 million bonding bill signed into law Wednesday will borrow $10 million for local road maintenance and safety improvements. (07/20/2011)
The end of Minnesota's government shutdown will bring the re-opening of state parks, one of the most visible casualties of the budget impasse, starting as early as Friday. (07/20/2011)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the state budget, ending a 20-day state government shutdown. (07/20/2011)
State agencies planned for weeks to cope with the shut down, and now they have to throw all their plans into reverse. (07/20/2011)
The state budget and the end of the 20 day state government shutdown are now in DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's hands. (07/20/2011)
Final agreements on several budget bills are being made public. As the work on the remaining bills continues, MPR will add details as they are announced. (07/20/2011)
The environment bill negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers includes some budget cuts and some compromise on policy issues. (07/19/2011)
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. (07/19/2011)
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. (07/19/2011)
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. (07/19/2011)
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. (07/19/2011)
A veteran political reporter says Minnesota's reputation for good governance has eroded and "gone the way of Northwest Airlines." (07/19/2011)
Minnesota charter school advocates said the tentative budget agreement between the governor and Republican lawmakers will hit charters harder than traditional schools. (07/18/2011)
The Minnesota State Capitol reopens 9 a.m. Tuesday,. Gov. Mark Dayton's office released the announcement Monday evening. (07/18/2011)
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. (07/18/2011)

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