Top legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz reached a budget deal Sunday as the clock ticked down on the 2019 legislative session, and it was expected that lawmakers would need a special session to finish their work.
Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate have unveiled a framework they say will balance the budget without raising taxes or making painful spending cuts, setting up what they concede will be difficult negotiations with Democrats to end the session.
The Rochester City Council approved its budget for 2017 at Monday night's meeting along with the property tax levy which showed a 9 percent increase.
Council President Randy Staver was on Rochester's Good Morning on KROC AM when a listener called to question him about why a 9-percent increase when inflation is only 2-percent...