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Minnesota Senate leader warns of staff furloughs over budget veto

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Senate may furlough staff and stop cutting checks as soon as December if the courts don’t restore their operating budget.

The state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the House and Senate’s $130 million budget this spring amid a dispute over tax breaks and other measures he signed into law. It sparked a legal battle that is now before the state Supreme Court, which hasn’t definitively ruled in the case.


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