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Gov. Dayton’s Deadline For Budget Approaches

Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 6:14 am

Gridlock continues to reign in St. Paul as Gov. Mark Dayton’s deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget is today; but but lawmakers appear to be nowhere near sending him a budget bill he will consider signing.

Last Month Dayton, a democrat, urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to act on a budget by Friday, May 6. Dayton said he would be less optimistic for an on-time finish to this legislative session if legislators missed today’s deadline.

May 23 is the constitutional deadline, but from what we’ve been told by Democratic and Republican members of the legislature is that nothing significant will happen if the session ends without a signed budget bill. Most people in the legislature are preparing for a special session.

Dayton and lawmakers are hung up on the process for negotiations, as the state’s normally Democratic legislature flipped into Republican hands last November’s election, and fundamentally the two parties disagree: Republicans want to balance the budget through spending cuts while Dayton seeks to raise top income taxes.

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