Battle Over Minnesota Budget Continues

Legislators Have Until May 22 to Finalize Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota’s political leaders are entering the legislative homestretch with no budget deal in sight. It’s familiar territory. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican–controlled Legislature have until the May 22 deadline to finish the budget. Few are uttering the dirtiest “s” word in state government yet, but the prospect of another painful shutdown is looming. That’s what happened…

Budget Surplus Expected to be $1.65 Billion

About $250 Million More than Expected

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota’s projected budget surplus has grown to more than $1.65 billion. State budget officials released the updated figures Tuesday. Lawmakers had previously been expecting a $1.4 billion budget surplus. The revised estimate kicks off the Legislature’s budget-setting process at the Capitol this year. They’ll need to approve a new budget before adjourning in late May. But there have…