Overview hearings on Dayton's budget will begin Wednesday. But lawmakers are expected to wait until March or later to begin votes on the recommendations or their substitute. In late February they will get an updated economic forecast, which will determine whether the estimated deficit they must erase is larger or smaller.
"We have the luxury of getting to see the reaction across Minnesota" before acting, said House Tax Committee Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington.
The budget address marks Dayton's return to public view after spending the past month recuperating from spinal surgery.