Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go On
ST. PAUL (AP) - A midnight deadline for the Minnesota Legislature to approve a new two-year budget is bearing down on lawmakers, who could see their stay in St. Paul extended by a rift over preschool.
Working through the night, the GOP-led House voted along party lines early Monday for a $17 billion education plan with $400 million in new school spending. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll veto the bill because it leaves out money for a preschool expansion initiative at the core of his agenda.
It's all part of a two-year $42 billion state budget that a split-power Legislature struggled to pull together.
Legislative leaders insist they'll finish by the deadline. But an education veto - or any others in the budget - would lead to a special session in coming weeks.