Pressure sets in on budget deal

Published 9:53 am Friday, May 29, 2015

ST. PAUL — Urgency is sinking in as top Minnesota leaders resume private budget talks away from the Capitol.

For a fourth day, majority House Republican leaders were meeting Friday with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton about how to structure an education budget and a few other pieces of a spending plan for the next two years.

The goal is to get the template of a deal soon to allow for a special session to ratify it. On Monday, state officials will send out layoff notices to nearly 9,500 workers who would be idled if a budget is not set by July 1.

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While the meetings are two way for now, Dayton met Thursday night with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen.