St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and top lawmakers have their sights set on the 2013 legislative session and the budget remains priority number one.
The five member panel discussed a number of issues with the media on Monday that may show up on the agenda when the session begins on January 8th.
Potential topics include education and campaign financing reform, same sex benefits for State Employees, and Frac Sand mining - just to name a few.
However, the group said they first need to tackle the proposed biennium budget with a $1.1 billion deficit.
"I will take it on myself and I'll insist others not to use any one time shifts or borrowing or gimmicks or anything else used in the past to try and disguise these problems or kick them down the road," Gov. Mark Dayton said.
Lawmakers said any discussion on a bonding bill would have to wait until the February forecast is released.