Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action since a special legislative session is needed to approve any deal.
ST. PAUL -- Today is the day for a state budget deal, key negotiators say, if one is possible before a Friday government shutdown. "We recognize time is growing short," Gov. Mark Dayton said when leaving budget talks Tuesday.
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ST. PAUL -- A retired judge is considering whether the courts should stay open during a government shutdown that could begin Friday. It was one of several Monday developments as legislative leaders and the governor try to negotiate a budget. Also Monday, cities prepared to go to court to keep their state aid flowing and Republican legislative leaders urged that the Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown. "Until we have come to completion on the budget" those involved will not talk, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. Republican spokesmen said they knew of no further meetings pl-anned am-ong Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton, legislators and their staffs scurried to and fro throughout Friday and by the night the top budget negotiators said they made progress trying to avoid a government shutdown. "We had a very constructive day," Gov. Mark Dayton said of the day-long budget talks and negotiators plan to continue marathon negotiations today. The Democratic governor and legislative leaders refused to give details, but said after leaving the meeting Friday night that they had reached agreements on parts of many bills.
ST. PAUL -- House Speaker Kurt Zellers cheerily welcomed the governor and other legislative leaders to his office this morning as two days of intensive budget talks began a week before state government could shut down if they are not successful. Neither Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The courts are not equipped to make state spending decisions, a judge said Thursday while hearing testimony asking her to do just that if July 1 arrives without a budget in place. "The courts have been drug into this," Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County said. "We will do our best." Gearin, calling the situation a "constitutional crisis," said she likely will rule early next week on whether she will establish a procedure to keep some state programs funded if Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators cannot agree on a budget before a week from today.