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Budget battle "check in"

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, Democrats, Republicans Updated: May 14, 2013 - 10:50 AM

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders will return to private budget meetings this afternoon.

The governor's office said it was a "check in" meeting.

On Sunday, the DFL leaders announced the bare bones of a budget plan to end the legislative session. Despite the agreement, many details remained unclear, including timing for the passage of budget bills, the exact shape of spending and taxes and some of the key provisions of the bills.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said on Monday that the final deal will include funding for all day kindergarten across the state and Dayton's plan for scholarships for early childhood education.

Joint House-Senate committees have already started working on filling in other details.

For a timely ending, all of the budget bills must pass the House and Senate by May 20.

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