Lawmakers work through the night on state budget — but still no deal

Published 8:08 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature blew through another deadline as it worked through the night in special session to finish a two-year budget.
After a self-imposed 7 a.m. deadline, still no passage. The Legislature was operating in a special session that began Tuesday just after midnight after the regular session produced only a small part of the $46 budget.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders then said they had tentative agreements on several remaining budget bills and that they believed they could wrap up their work by 7 a.m. Wednesday. That didn’t happen.

The two sides have agreed in principle to a budget that increases public school funding, cuts taxes by $650 million and provides $300 million for road and bridge repairs.

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