Governor, Legislative Leaders Return to Talks


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders are giving few clues as to where things stand as they try to wrap up a budget deal to close out the 2019 session.

Heading into the closed-door talks Thursday afternoon, the Democratic governor quipped, “I got a haircut for the occasion so this is it.”

Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman said only that she was “ready to rock and roll.”

Lawmakers need to pass the big budget bills of the session by Monday night’s adjournment deadline. If they can’t, the governor will have to call a special session.


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