Budget talks continue with MN Legislature facing Monday deadline

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz - AP image

More talk about need for a special session.

Posted: May 18, 2019 2:55 PM
Updated: May 19, 2019 7:22 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature reconvened Saturday with no budget deal in sight, Monday night's adjournment deadline coming up fast and talk growing of the need for a special session.

More closed-door talks were expected Saturday among Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and the top leaders of the Senate Republican and House Democratic majorities. They've largely maintained their "cone of silence" since Monday, so it hasn't been clear what their remaining differences over taxes, spending and policy might be.

"Today will be a very dynamic day," Deputy Majority Leader Michelle Benson told her fellow senators during a brief morning floor session, saying she appreciated their understanding for the lack of certainty on how the day would unfold.

The Senate was poised to vote Saturday on a "lights on" bill to keep state government running at projected spending levels if there's no deal by the time the current budget runs out June 30.

That happens to be close to the Senate GOP's original budget proposal, which included none of the tax increases sought by Walz and House Democrats to pay for more investments in education, health care and other programs. It would also let Republicans blame Democrats, if they reject the extension, for any resulting government shutdown.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Julie Rosen, who's been involved in the private negotiations, walked back a statement she made during a hearing on the bill Thursday when she said the talks were "somewhat at an impasse."

"I wouldn't call it an impasse," Rosen told The Associated Press on Saturday. "It's more a process of negotiations between two sides that are very far apart on budgets and negotiations."

The conference committees negotiating the final major budget bills were still waiting Saturday for the marching orders they need to finish drafting their legislation.

It has become more the rule than the exception in recent decades for the Legislature to go into overtime to finish its two-year budgets, especially when control of state government is divided, as it is now. The last time lawmakers finished a budget on time was under Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2013, when Democrats controlled both chambers. But the three other budgets under Dayton required special sessions, including the bitter fight of 2011, which led to a 20-day partial government shutdown.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 770246

Reported Deaths: 8661
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Hennepin1537491923
Ramsey63444980
Dakota57071526
Anoka54052520
Washington33690331
Stearns28419253
St. Louis23735361
Scott21652160
Wright21388171
Olmsted18144120
Sherburne15515115
Carver1366556
Clay1025399
Rice9985131
Blue Earth966659
Crow Wing9518109
Chisago837263
Kandiyohi835197
Otter Tail8061105
Benton7477111
Beltrami658079
Mower645541
Douglas629190
Goodhue619985
Itasca618885
Winona611854
McLeod595770
Steele585825
Isanti573074
Morrison557767
Becker534862
Polk512879
Freeborn487642
Nobles481652
Lyon456356
Carlton446866
Nicollet434454
Pine428532
Cass425745
Mille Lacs416967
Brown411547
Todd400036
Le Sueur386332
Meeker356854
Waseca327331
Martin326336
Wabasha29538
Hubbard292744
Dodge273510
Roseau265227
Fillmore243812
Redwood240443
Wadena238429
Houston231117
Renville228549
Faribault220630
Pennington217227
Sibley211612
Cottonwood197128
Kanabec192230
Chippewa190340
Aitkin184043
Watonwan171112
Pope16148
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Rock155319
Jackson147315
Koochiching138619
Clearwater136618
Murray135011
Swift134619
Marshall134520
Pipestone133427
Stevens124911
Lake109521
Wilkin102814
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Mahnomen90312
Norman8789
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Grant7869
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Cook2460

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Cases: 474151

Reported Deaths: 6785
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Linn29194394
Scott24733274
Black Hawk20335358
Woodbury19207244
Johnson17988100
Dubuque15834229
Pottawattamie14276200
Dallas14109108
Story1288551
Warren774296
Cerro Gordo6951110
Webster6950111
Clinton6929101
Des Moines667594
Marshall641885
Muscatine6352113
Wapello5936137
Jasper578279
Lee565689
Sioux565676
Marion508191
Buena Vista491746
Plymouth463487
Henry389847
Jones370861
Washington366856
Benton359257
Bremer357168
Boone350937
Carroll346353
Crawford339347
Mahaska322856
Dickinson301052
Clay279133
Buchanan279039
Jackson273546
Kossuth271873
Hardin270249
Tama264976
Fayette260649
Delaware258546
Cedar249526
Page249328
Wright243645
Hamilton233954
Winneshiek233338
Floyd221845
Harrison217777
Madison216925
Clayton214558
Poweshiek211741
Iowa208029
Butler206638
Cass201557
Jefferson201040
Mills199929
Allamakee194753
Cherokee193844
Lyon192941
Hancock187639
Winnebago186633
Calhoun186116
Appanoose180850
Shelby178439
Louisa171052
Grundy168537
Humboldt167727
Emmet167146
Franklin164628
Mitchell164043
Union162637
Chickasaw159318
Sac157924
Guthrie155434
Montgomery142342
Palo Alto142032
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Monroe134335
Howard128222
Ida118641
Greene116315
Davis115225
Lucas113724
Pocahontas111423
Monona108738
Worth10818
Adair105335
Osceola94017
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Decatur82612
Taylor79713
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