With just over one week remaining in the legislative session, Republican and Democratic leaders have set today (Fri) as their deadline to agree on dollar amounts for major budget categories — but whether they can do it remains to be seen.  Senate G-O-P Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says Democrats need to put federal stimulus money on the table in negotiations:

“If there’s not offers using federal stimulus money — that’s the 2.6 billion dollars of extra money that we could use in many of our budget categories — it will be more difficult to get done.”

At least as big a sticking-point is Democrats’ plan for a tax increase on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large corporations.  They say it’s needed to help those who’ve suffered economically during the pandemic, and to make investments for the future.  Republicans respond they won’t raise taxes with a state budget surplus and billions in federal money coming in.