Lawmaker's secret lunch with Dayton paved way for budget deal
ST. PAUL -- A pair of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, with chips on
the side, may have been just what the budget doctor ordered.
That was the menu for a secret 45-minute Monday lunch at St. Cloud's
Jules Bistro between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Larry Howes,
R-Walker. Their meeting may have laid the groundwork for a state budget
deal framework announced Thursday evening.