Legislature starts special session, hopes to adjourn today
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers and governor could not balance the state budget by midnight, forcing the Legislature into a brief special session.
Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty agreed to begin the special session at 12:01 a.m. today, with passage of a budget-balancing measure by sunrise.
An agreement about how to fill a $3 billion deficit was announced at 11:40 p.m. Sunday, 20 minutes before the constitutional deadline to pass bills.
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