Minnesota Legislature Anticipates Monday’s Special Session With Unfinished Business – WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO) – The Minnesota legislature will begin a special session Monday to hash out the $52 billion budget and resolve remaining policy disputes as quickly as possible to avoid a government shutdown.

But there is still a good deal of work left for state lawmakers as the window of time before the new fiscal year shrinks. If no deal is approved the shutdown is set to begin on July 1.

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“As legislators are at the capitol, they will feel the intensity dial-up to get a deal done,” House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, acknowledged during an interview Sunday. “I expect the debate on those [bills] to be long and contentious, but I expect to plow through all of those until we get them all done.”

Hortman estimated passing the 14 budget bills to fund state agencies and services would take at least seven to 10 days. Only a few of the working groups have posted…

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