Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon, right, talks with fellow Democrat Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth during a Minnesota House session Monday. Langseth went into the chamber to talk to Marquart about his vote for a tougher seat belt law. Langseth long has supported the change, but Marquart has voted against it in years past.
release date: 05/19/2009
photographer: Scott Wente - Minn. State Capitol Bureau
Lawmakers assign blame for budget stalemate
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers agree the whopping budget deficit they faced this legislative session was no surprise, but point fingers across the political aisle when assigning blame for lack of a budget deal.
The Legislature ended its 2009 session Monday night without a tidy conclusion to its main order of business - solving a $4.6 billion deficit in the next two-year state budget.