House and Senate aim for swift approval of vetoed funds

Published 8:23 am Friday, February 23, 2018

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s Legislature is moving quickly to restore its budget.

Lawmakers were set to vote later Tuesday on the House and Senate’s nearly $130 million operating budget. It comes just two days into the new legislative session.

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed those funds while signing the rest of a $46 billion state budget in May, prompting a legal battle that lasted months.  The Minnesota Supreme Court eventually declined to overturn Dayton’s veto, forcing both chambers to run on reserve funds.

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Restoring the full budget will finally end the drama between Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

But Democrats are upset at the parliamentary procedure Republicans used to bring the budget up for a final vote. That method prevents Democrats from trying to attach approval of new contracts for 33,000 state employees.