State lawmakers are back in Saint Paul today as the 2021 legislative session gets underway. Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier says another potential bonding bill and balancing the budget will be among lawmakers’ top priorities. But the governor’s handling of COVID-19 response may loom over everything and…

“There’ll be continuing partisan dispute about the executive powers that Governor Walz has used regarding the pandemic.”

Schier says as long as Walz has the support of the Democrat-led House, it will be difficult for Republicans to limit the governor’s powers.