Lawmakers at the state Capitol are once again scrambling to puzzle together a massive two-year budget, ahead of a May 17 adjournment deadline.
- With a week to go, Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate remain fairly far apart on what to spend, who to tax and a number of major policy issues on the table.
The state of play: If they don't reach a deal by the 17th, they'll have to return for a special session to get it done. But the real deadline is June 30 — after that, state government would shut down without a deal.
Between the lines: It's not unusual for legislators to wait until the last minute to reach accord.
So what should you expect? Here's a look at when a final agreement passed in recent sessions (Note Biennial budgets are passed in odd-numbered years).
- 2019: About 7am on May 25, five days after the May 20 adjournment.
- 2017: At 2:42am on May 26, four days after the May 22 adjournment. An agreement that passed earlier in the session was vetoed by then-Gov. Mark Dayton.
- 2015: June 12, nearly a month after the May 18 adjournment. Like in 2017, a special session was held after Dayton vetoed part of a deal that passed in May.
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