First-term lawmakers frustrated over budgetby Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
The state's top lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are still negotiating a budget deal at the governor's residence. First-term legislators, who will have to vote an any budget agreement but are not invited to the negotiating table, are left to wait. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Rep. Mike Charron, R-Woodbury, who are both in their first terms.