In session’s final push, Minnesota budget deal still elusive

May 18 deadline fast approaching

(AP) – Minnesota’s legislative session is heading into its final week with no clear picture of how a budget will come together.              

Pressure is mounting in private negotiations as a May 18 deadline approaches.

Top Senate Democrats and House Republicans still need to work out major differences on education spending, the size of potential tax cuts and a transportation funding package.     

Sen. Richard Cohen is a 35-year veteran Democrat and a Finance Committee chairman. He says the path to a deal is still meandering.            

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Republicans are willing to agree on $1 billion in tax cuts.

That’s half what they had lined up, other areas are trickier.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he won’t meet Republicans halfway on their $1 billion in cuts to health care spending.


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