Legislature misses self-imposed 7:01 a.m. deadline to pass budget


Monday was supposed to be the final day of work for the Legislature this year, with a new two-year budget the only must-do item on their list.

An unfinished budget would trigger a special session, but both Gazelka and Daudt said they hadn't discussed when to schedule a potential overtime period.

Democrats called the driver's license provision cruel and mean-spirited, and repeatedly argued that by stopping undocumented immigrants from getting driver's licenses, it would stop people from educating themselves enough to pass a driver's exam and get insurance.

The agreement came only minutes before the clock struck midnight, and was capped with an actual handshake between Republicans and Democrats who had spent hours locked in private rooms trying to find a middle ground.

A drafting error in a 2016 rushed tax cut bill led to Dayton vetoing it.

Dayton had deemed expanding a preschool program launched a year ago into more schools a must-have in the budget, funding Republicans resisted.

And House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, mentioned the possibility that the special legislative session that was to end at 7 a.m. Wednesday could extend for days.

Rep. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan, addressed the gathering and told them to keep up the pressure.

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, said the state government bill would slow the rate of government growth and bring greater transparency.

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A new budget must be in place by July 1 or some services would lapse.

"This not only shuts the door but it puts a padlock on it", Sen. Legislators enjoyed the Capitol loggia, a second-floor outdoor space that faced the Capitol's front lawn that recently reopened to the public.

Committee chairs involved in the negotiations offered few details.

"Preemption takes away benefits from minimum wage workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul". Senate Republicans have a one-vote, 34-33 majority in the chamber.

As the House prepared to vote on the tax bill around 5:15 a.m., DFLers argued that lawmakers were being forced to vote on complex bills - each numbering hundreds of pages - that were posted a short time before each vote.

It's a messy ending to a session that got off to a productive start.

In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision that would have preempted Minnesota cities' safe and sick leave ordinances and other labor standards measures.

Dayton has been sent a new Department of Natural Resources budget, which covers the parks, but he hasn't pledged to signing it, or any of the four other approved budget bills, without knowing the full picture. That month, the Legislature also lifted the state's 159-year old ban on Sunday liquor sales. Republicans had previously wanted greater changes to the signature Dayton law to protect waters and the governor wanted no changes. It included coming back in an immediate special session needed to plow through the details. "I've found him to be very straight forward, a man of his word, a very tough negotiator and I would say a friend". "I think we decided we were all in".