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Behind A $42 Billion Budget, Smaller Fees Rack Up

Minnesota lawmakers kept tax levels steady but have still found ways to scoop up millions of additional dollars. More than a dozen new fees and increases for business licenses are tucked away inside the thousands of pages that compose Minnesota's new budget.

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After Back-And-Forth, Lawmakers Pass Budget Linchpin

Minnesota's Legislature has crossed the largest hurdle to finishing the state's budget. Lawmakers met in a special session that stretched from Friday morning into Saturday as they raced to complete the budget before a July 1 deadline.

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Dayton Asks Lawmakers to Slow Down Auditor Changes

Top Minnesota officials are trading offers to resolve the biggest barrier to finishing the state's budget.

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Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape Budget

Rank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest newly assembled budget bills constructed in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session to adopt them.

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Budget Deal Remains Out of Reach as Potential Layoffs Loom

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans are chipping away at a special session deal but haven't found a final agreement yet.

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After Dayton Vetoes, State Leaders Start Search For Way Out

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt say they're both pushing for a quick special session to finish work on the next state budget.

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Dayton Signs 4 Budget Bills, Still Weighing Other Vetoes

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed four budget bills into law but is leaving tougher veto decisions for later.

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Deadline Budget Rush Leaves Out Money For Critical Staff

The rush to Monday's budget-setting deadline has a price. A budget bill for jobs and energy programs left out funding for state employees who review health insurance rates. Those staff members have been paid with federal funds that expire in September, leaving the state with the tab.

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Moving Parts, Dwindling Time Mark Legislature’s Budget Push

More pieces of Minnesota's next budget are falling into place. They affect poultry farmers battling the bird flu, college students seeking a financial lift, the upkeep of public parks and much more.

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MinnesotaCare Stays Intact For Now In Brewing Budget Deal

Minnesota's public health care program for nearly 100,000 working poor residents will be preserved in an emerging budget deal.

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