The Minnesota Legislature is headed for a special session because lawmakers and the governor likely won’t be able to agree on the state budget by Monday’s midnight deadline. Democratic Senator Nick Frentz from North Mankato says:
“It looks like we maybe come back in June anyway. I have heard some speculation that we’ll come back for day or two in June. I’ve also heard legislators say, no, no, no, we’ll come back in week — it’ll be fine…. I can tell you this as part of leadership: There isn’t an agreement yet on when we might.”
The major sticking-point appears to be how to spend billions of federal COVID relief dollars from the American Rescue Act. Republicans want Governor Tim Walz to relinquish his COVID emergency powers so the legislature is certain to have a say in that.