(Updated: 8:25 p.m.)
With mere hours left before the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated adjournment of midnight Monday, major pieces of the two-year $46 billion budget remain untouched.
The House and Senate passed the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill, but massive required spending packages to fund E-12 education, transportation, health and human services and some executive branch agencies haven’t seen the light of day. Meanwhile, lawmakers don’t necessarily have to pass bills that fund tax cuts and bonding projects.
Legislative leaders have been meeting in marathon closed-door sessions with the Dayton administration throughout the day. If officials can’t agree to budget deals, they have until June 30 to fund different portions of state government before programs and services are shut down.
Republican lawmakers, who control both the House and Senate, entered the final three days of the session vowing to push ahead with their renewed budget bills without any public agreement from Gov. Mark Dayton. The following day, Saturday, was slow under the dome with legislative leaders and the administration negotiating behind closed doors. The $219.8 million omnibus agriculture bill passed, however, capping the night with the first of 10 budget bills finished.
Shortly after the Monday sunrise, both chambers passed the omnibus jobs bill.
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget.
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