With little time left for compromise, lawmakers are preparing their final budget measures to send to Gov. Mark Dayton.
The House and Senate passed initial budget bills weeks ago but they've just completed merging the bills. Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, however, there were significant differences in many of the bills.
The lawmakers who run those joint House-Senate conference committee have begun signing those bills, which puts them on track for votes and routing to the governor.
Those measures stand little chance of becoming law. Dayton has made clear he believes the state needs more revenue than the deficit-weakened forecast contains. (See the Monday offer he made on that front here.) He and his commissioners have also made clear that there are parts of many of the measures that would need to change to win his support.
Early on lawmakers agreed on an agriculture budget bill and Dayton signed that measure into law. That means, no matter what happens in the coming weeks the farming programs will be funded. (Farmers will also have a confirmed leaders -- the Minnesota Senate Monday confirmed Agriculture Commissioner David Fredrickson with little fuss. Very few of Dayton's commissioner picks have received Senate approval yet.)
Here's how to find the rest of the budget plans, which are split up in nine budget bills:
-- The tax bill is here.
-- The transportation bill is here.
-- The K-12 budget bill is here.
-- The bill for environmental programs is here.
-- The bill for state government programs is here.
-- The higher ed bill is here.
-- The public safety and judiciary bill is here.
-- The jobs and economic development bill is here.
--The (massive) health and human services bill is here.
Lawmkers' current entire budget proposal adds up to a little less than $34 billion. Dayton wants to spend about $2 billion more.