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The Latest: Minnesota Leaders to Announce Budget Deal

The Latest: Minnesota Leaders to Announce Budget Deal Photo: MGNonline.

May 19, 2019 06:29 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on Minnesota's budget negotiations (all times local):
    
5:30 p.m.
    
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders have reached a budget agreement with the clock ticking down on the 2019 legislative session.
    
They've scheduled a news conference for 6:30 p.m. to announce the details.
    
Neither Walz nor Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka nor Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman had said much publicly for the past week on the progress of their negotiations toward a budget deal.
    
But the legislative session faces an adjournment deadline of midnight Monday night, and it's expected that lawmakers will need a special session to complete their work.
    
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2 p.m.
    
Top legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz have resumed discussions as the clock tocks down on the 2019 legislative session with no word on whether they're close to a deal for completing their work.
    
Neither Walz nor Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka nor Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman have said much publicly for the past week on the progress of their negotiations toward a budget deal.
    
Nor have they officially said whether a special session will be necessary, but the adjournment deadline is Monday night.
    
The Senate on Saturday approved a Republican plan for preventing a state government shutdown if a stalemate persists.
    
Democratic House Minority Leader Tom Bakk dismissed the gambit as throwing in the towel and accused Republicans of bargaining in bad faith.

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