Lawmakers Pass Budget, Brace for Likely Special Session

Minnesota lawmakers have passed a budget but are bracing for a likely special session.      

Legislators approved the final pieces of a nearly $42 billion two-year spending plan just as midnight’s deadline for the regular session hit Monday.

But Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to veto an education budget he calls substandard.

That would set up a special session.

Dayton’s calling for additional funding for a statewide preschool program.

Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he hopes the governor will reconsider his veto threat.

He says he’ll work with Dayton on a preschool bill in the 2016 legislative session.

Duluth state representatives Erik Simonson (DFL) and Jennifer Schultz (DFL) aren’t happy with the results.

Schultz tells FOX 21 she was disappointed the legislature “couldn’t make more progress for Greater Minnesota cities in my first session.”

In a statement Simonson adds, “The failure of so many of these initiatives represents a failure to lead and an inability to find solution.”

The when and where of a special session is still up in the air.

It’s up to Dayton to call lawmakers back, but the Capitol will be off-limits later this week for months-long repairs.

 

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