budget deficit

Dayton Seeks Wednesday Breakthrough As Shutdown Looms
Governor Mark Dayton says Wednesday is the day for "final breakthroughs" in budget negotiations with Republican legislative leaders, with a government shutdown two days away. The Democratic governor and lawmakers wrapped up talks on health and welfare programs Tuesday afternoon with a plan…
From Capitol To TV, Ads Tackle Minnesota Budget Mess
Those campaign-style TV commercials clogging Minnesota's airwaves are brought to you by the budget stalemate at the state Capitol. It used to be that political ads were mostly confined to election years. But the simmering dispute over taxes and spending between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and R…
Dayton, GOP Make No Headway In Budget Meeting
Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders met for another unproductive budget negotiation as hopes fade for heading off a state government shutdown on July 1. Both Dayton and GOP leaders said after the 90-minute meeting on Wednesday afternoon that they made no progress in bridging their fundament…
Dayton, Republicans Still Circling On Minn. Budget
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's still waiting for legislative Republicans to send him a budget so they can start negotiating. The Democratic governor held a news conference Friday to push the GOP majorities for their fix for a $5 billion deficit.
Dayton Gives Lawmakers 10 Days To Send Him Budget
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's Republican-controlled Legislature days to send him a full set of budget bills within 10 days. The Democratic governor set a May 6 deadline on Tuesday, promising quick action on the bills so end-of-session budget talks can begin.
Minn. GOP, DFL Dig In On Taxes VS. Spending Cuts
The argument over taxes and spending at Minnesota's Capitol this year spilled out in a contentious committee hearing as Democrats and their allies demanded higher state taxes to help fix a budget deficit while Republicans who want more spending cuts beat up on Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed i…