Schedule for state budget becoming clearerMinnesota Legislature
-- Writing a budget for the two years beginning July 1 is the main task of this year’s Minnesota Legislature, and the schedule for when it will happen is becoming clearer.
By: Don Davis, Pierce County Herald
ST. PAUL - Writing a budget for the two years beginning July 1 is the main task of this year’s Minnesota Legislature, and the schedule for when it will happen is becoming clearer.
A House-Senate conference committee is to wrap up negotiations on a bill cutting more than $800 million from the next budget and more than $100 million from the current one in the next few days. It would be the first step in fixing a $6.2 billion budget deficit.
Gov. Mark Dayton must deliver his budget plan to lawmakers Feb. 15, and then will update it after a new state budget report comes out Feb. 28 or in early March.
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said that House and Senate Republicans will offer their complete plan soon after the budget report.
Once Dayton and GOP plans are available, legislative committees will spend most of their time working on details.
All along, Dayton has said he expects the budget to be resolved just before the Legislature’s May 23 mandatory adjournment date. Some in the Capitol predict a special legislative session will be needed to pass the budget.