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Gov. Mark Dayton is "extremely pessimistic" that there will be a budget deal prior to the scheduled midnight adjournment of the Legislature. In addition, Dayton stated that he doesn't expect to call the House and Senate back for a special session until the framework of a deal to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit is in place. Dayton addressed reporters with less than 12 hours left before the deadline.

Dayton, legislative leaders continue to meet as special session looms

Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton is “extremely pessimistic” that there will be a budget deal prior to the scheduled midnight adjournment of the Legislature. In addition, Dayton stated that he’s not inclined to call the House and Senate back for a special session until the framework of a deal to eliminate the state’s $5 billion budget deficit is in place.

The governor does not anticipate that he’ll act on the budget bills sent to him by the Legislature prior to adjournment. “I think it’s a shared failure on all our parts,” Dayton said, of not getting budget done.

Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, following a meeting with Dayton, continued to express optimism that a deal can be negotiated in the final hours. He described the meeting as “cordial, fairly substantive at times.” Michel called on Dayton to sign the budget bills. “We are prepared to be here until midnight and work with the governor,” he said.

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