Walz, Minnesota legislative leaders miss deadline for budget targets

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and top leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate have missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets to guide negotiations for ending the legislative session.

The talks broke off late Monday without agreement. Walz says he was willing to cut $200 million in spending from his original proposal. And House Democrats say they were willing to cut $664 million from their higher spending proposals to move toward the governor's figure. But they say Senate Republicans were unwilling to raise their offer.

Senate Republicans did offer to shift money around within their budget proposal to spend more on education.

Conference committees will continue to meet Tuesday to try to resolve differences between the budget bills that have passed both chambers, but without overall spending targets.

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