Negotiators Still Hashing Out Budget Deal As Deadline Nears
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's legislative leaders have promised they're making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.
The top negotiators announced Thursday they agreed to spending levels for higher education and the state's courts and public safety programs. Senate Democrats and House Republicans returned to Gov. Mark Dayton's residence Friday morning for another round of private talks.
But larger slices of the state's budget are still in flux as the Legislature stares down a Monday deadline to pass a budget. Negotiators still need to reach a deal on health and human services and a bill that funds executive branch agencies.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Friday he thinks they may be able to reach a final agreement before the weekend.