For eight of the past 11 years, deficits riddled Minnesota's budget and lawmakers responded with spending cuts, fee hikes, drawn-down reserves and other Scotch-tape solutions that momentarily balanced the books.
The trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have called an emergency meeting to consider the implications of a state government shutdown. The trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.
Lead Republican lawmakers for a schools
spending bill say they're disappointed Gov. Mark Dayton didn't meet
with them on Monday.Instead they met with members of Dayton's administration in the first of a series of budget talks proposed by GOP leaders.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they've agreed to a series of budget talks starting next week. But the Democratic governor says the meetings will be "just for show" unless they agree on the amount of money the state will spend in the upcoming two-year budget.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are meeting for private budget talks after more than a week of public posturing. The regular legislative session ended last week without a budget deal, pushing the state toward a sweeping government shutdown if the dispute isn't resolved by the end of this month.
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