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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Time erodes as Minn. lawmakers polish budget plan

  • A couple of budget bills could head Gov. Mark Dayton's way by the end of day Thursday, but the biggest pieces of the budget remain incomplete.
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  • The Minnesota Legislature is pressed for time as it tries to set a new budget.
    Lawmakers are just starting to take final votes on a series of bills that make up the two-year, $37 billion-plus state budget.
    The all-Democratic state government power structure has until Monday to get an on-time budget approved.
    A couple of budget bills could head Gov. Mark Dayton's way by the end of day Thursday, but the biggest pieces of the budget remain incomplete.
    The loose ends include the structure of tax hikes that will bring as much as $2.9 billion in new revenue. Another question is how to distribute $725 million in new dollars for public schools and colleges.

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