MN Budget bill at standstill

Thu 5-18-2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders hit an impasse Thursday in their quest to set a new Minnesota budget, halting meetings to resolve their massive differences with just days left to finalize a new spending package.

The Legislature faces a May 22 deadline to finish its budget. The two sides traded budget offers throughout the week, starting to narrow a sizable gap between their proposals while expressing hope they could wrap up a deal in time.

Dayton wants a $46 billion, two-year budget while the GOP had proposed a $45 billion spending package.

But the two sides spent Thursday outside of negotiating room and instead in the public eye, criticizing each other's budget proposals and calling on the other side to make the next move. There were no plans to resume private talks Thursday afternoon.