Republican leaders tell reporters Monday they'll continue to work on a budget deal before the midnight deadline. From left are House Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch of Buffalo. Tribune photo by Don Davis
Legislators go home no closer to primary goal of passing budget
ST. PAUL -- The smiles seen Jan. 4, opening day of the 2011 legislative session, became frowns by Monday as Minnesota's 201 lawmakers headed home with no idea when they will wrap up their primary job: writing a two-year budget.
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