Work on Minn. budget bills expected to pick up

Top Republican lawmakers say they expect work to pick up on budget negotiations between the House and Senate this week.

Spending bills for everything from public schools to health care programs and law enforcement are pending before legislative negotiating committees. The House and the Senate passed different versions of the bills more than a month ago.

The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn in two weeks, on May 23.

If work on the budget isn’t finished by that deadline, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton would have to call a special session to keep state government operating past June 30. That’s when the current state budget runs out.

Monday’s legislative agenda includes conference committee meetings on taxes, jobs and public safety.