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MELISSA HORTMAN

Legislative leaders on Thursday morning told MinnPost that they'd reached a tentative deal on the two big issues and planned to bring the plan to the floor in each chamber later in the day.
Weeks after talks at the Capitol stalled out, House Speaker Melissa Hortman said new negotiations were scheduled on plans to refill the unemployment insurance trust fund and send checks to front-line workers.
The comment on Tuesday could forge a new path for $250 million in hero pay and drought relief that had been stuck at the Capitol.
Legislative leaders and the governor after talks with Minnesota farmers said they'd be open to a September special session on the relief package.

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With two Democrats and one Republican spearheading budget negotiations in Minnesota's politically divided Capitol, there's something for everyone in the state's final $52 billion, two-year budget.
Minnesota lawmakers have a little more than a week to complete a state budget or force a state government shutdown.
Lawmakers have a June 30 deadline to finish a state budget or risk a full or partial state government shutdown.
Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said they'd begin meeting with budget working groups to get the proposals ready for a June 14 special session.
Legislative leaders on Thursday told reporters that they planned to continue closed-door negotiations and felt confident they'd strike a deal ahead of their June 30 deadline.
Lawmakers also voted to expand the state's medical cannabis program to allow participants to buy dried marijuana flowers to be smoked.

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The Minnesota Legislature closed out the 2021 legislative session Monday afternoon with a framework to finish and a lot of policy questions unresolved.
After more than a week of secret negotiations, legislative leaders said they were on the verge of a deal early Monday. The Legislature is set to close out its 2021 legislative session the same day.
Without budget targets, committee work ground to a halt and lawmakers braced themselves for legislative overtime.

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