MN lawmakers were unable to complete their business when the regular session finished at midnight Monday. They accomplished little on the final day knowing that their work on a new two-year budget won’t be complete until they return for a special session.
Given the amount of remaining work, when that session will take place and how long it might last are still to be determined, although legislative leaders have indicated they are aiming for the end of this week. Legislators need extra time because the budget deal Gov. Tim Walz reached with House and Senate leaders wasn’t finalized until Sunday night, and few conference committees were able to wrap up their bills in time Monday for floor votes.
Negotiators had big disagreements on many policy items and made little apparent progress on reaching agreements on the big budget bills on the session’s final day.