Governor Mark Dayton says “We recognize time is running short, so we recognize tomorrow is the day we need our final breakthroughs or we won’t have been successful” in avoiding a state government shutdown. The DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk added he thinks mechanically there is not time to pass all the budget bills by midnight Thursday. But Republicans who control the Senate disagreed with Democrats on time running out.
GOP Majority Leader Amy Koch said “we’ve begun gearing up the legislative branch” for a special session and would be ready to pass a potential budget deal. Both sides seem to agree that a temporary lights-on bill might be necessary to avoid a government shutdown and Dayton would be open to that if there is an overall budget deal. They return to budget negotiations tomorrow morning.