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Minnesota state budget timeline

ST. PAUL -- Here is a timeline for Minnesota's budget:

Early 2011

Minnesota leaders learned they faced a $5 billion deficit early and legislators passed the first versions of their Republican-written budget bills earlier than anyone remembers.


House and Senate leaders worked out differences, mostly slight, between budget bills the two chambers passed. They passed compromise measures by their May 23 constitutional adjournment date, without Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's agreement. He vetoed the bills the next day.


State leaders took a few days away from negotiations after the legislative adjournment, but resumed talks early in June. Dayton also began to prepare for a potential government shutdown. Toward the end of the month, Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch met in marathon sessions, but failed to reach any budget deal. Zellers and Koch begged Dayton to call lawmakers into a special legislative session to pass a temporary budget, but he insisted on an agreement for all budget areas before calling a special session.

July 1

State government shut down for the second time in six years because the state lacked a budget and authority to spend money. About 22,000 state employees were laid off, and services they provided were suspended. However, the entire legislative and judicial branches remained open, as well as the attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor offices. A judge ordered more than 13,000 Dayton administration workers to stay on the job for essential tasks such as law enforcement and road repair.

July 1-13

Dayton, Zellers and Koch meet for less than two hours. Each side said it was waiting for the other side to make a move.

Thursday, July 14

Dayton broke the budget impasse by accepting an offer Republicans made on June 30, adding some of his own requirements, to a two-year budget of more than $35 billion. After a three-hour meeting, the trio announced intense negotiations would begin to finish details of the bill, with a goal of a special legislative session on Monday, July 18.

Thursday, July 14, to Monday, July 18

Negotiations took longer than expected, but eventually leaders agreed to nine budget bills, one funding public works projects and one funding clean water, outdoors and arts programs.

11 a.m., Tuesday, July 19

Dayton, Zellers and Koch announced a special session will begin later in the day to pass the state budget by 7 a.m. Thursday.

3 p.m., Tuesday, July 19

Special session begins, with the goal of working straight through to pass the budget.